Kimberly first joined Edelman in 1998 and in 2004 founded the firm’s clean tech practice, a key agenda promoting clean energy, energy efficiency solutions and other innovative sustainable technologies. Her core expertise includes corporate PR, stakeholder engagement and business media placement.
Kimberly’s group leads client programs for venture-backed startups such as Enphase, Genomatica, Nanosolar, SolFocus, ZeaChem, high growth companies such as Solar Frontier, SmartSynch, SolarCity, Nanosys and large global private and public companies such as General Electric, Oerlikon Solar, Q-cells, S&C Electric. Other projects include the Solar Power International conference, North America’s largest solar event, launching the first-ever California Cleantech Open business plan competition, working with LED lighting company Cree to support U.S. operations and their expansion into Europe and Asian markets and Masdar, a multi-billion initiative to establish the words' single largest global center and network, based in Abu Dhabi, for the development and commercialization of alternative energy sources.
Kimberly also leads Edelman’s global effort in cleantech as the company’s sector leader. She recently spearheaded a research project with Edelman’s research arm StrategyOne revealing public opinion in eight geographical markets on trust in cleantech.
Prior to joining Edelman, Kimberly was a process engineer at solar and semiconductor manufacturing company Applied Materials, where she holds two patents. Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business. When she is not at work, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, playing the piano and practicing yoga.
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Areas of Expertise
Business & Technology, Communications - public relations, Communications - written, verbal, visual, nonverbal, Strategic business communication, Strategic Business Development, Clean Technologies
I'm passionate about
Every since is was a young child, I have been bothered by the one-way nature of how we generate and consume everything in our society from energy to tennis shoes. I am passionate about changing that.
Talk to me about
All things related to commercializing new technologies and ways of doing things.
People don't know I'm good at
Playing the piano.
My TED story
My mentor Bob Angus has been such a TED evangelist for all the many years I have known him. I have admired the conference from afar including listening to talks online and tracking the conversations on and offline as much as possible. Now with Bob's help I have the opportunity for the first time to experience the conference first hand. I couldn't me more excited.