Venture Smarter

Executive Leadership


created by Government and Technology Experts

Our founders have been industry leaders at the intersection of technology and public policy. The Venture Smarter team comes from the White House, U.S. Senate, State Department, U.S. House of Representatives, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), innovative technology companies, and other leading organizations. We are mission-driven and passionate about playing a key role in building smart cities, connected communities, and leveraging technology to improve people’s lives.

Mitchell Kominsky

Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder

After serving as senior counsel to US Senate Leadership working on emerging technology and national security matters, and as the author of various cybersecurity laws, Mitchell has been a leader in the technology sector leading strategy for early-stage high-tech startups. A graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Ignite program, Mitchell is an innovator for emerging technologies. Full bio.

Rhonda Binda

Chief Governance Officer, Co-Founder

Rhonda is a technology lawyer, P3 expert and formerly a Deputy Director at the U.S. Department of State. She has also served for several administrations as a White House policy official. She is a visionary smart city evangelist with hands on experience in public and private sectors. Full bio.

Zack Huhn

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Zack is Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Standards Committee; and is dedicated to building smart cities and connected communities. Zack was recently recognized as a Top 50 Global Leader in Smart Cities by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Foundation's Global CSR List, and locally as a Next Nine Community Leader by WCPO. Full bio.

Director of Programming

Jamie Sordo

Director of Technology

Fyodor Minakov

Director of Energy and Resilience Programs

Alex Hurley

Director of Partnerships

Christian Babani

Program Managers

Daniel O'Leary

Thatcher Rottinghaus

James Haidak