Prospect Silicon Valley Welcomes Kip Harkness, San José Deputy City Manager, to Board of Directors

Prospect Silicon Valley Welcomes Kip Harkness, San José Deputy City Manager, to Board of Directors

Prospect Silicon Valley announced today that Kip Harkness has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Harkness, who serves as San José’s Deputy City Manager with a portfolio that includes Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy, will bring fresh insight into the role of innovative technologies and public-private partnerships in shaping the smart cities of the future. Mr. Harkness replaces board member Kim Walesh, San José’s Director of Economic Development and Chief Strategist. Ms. Walesh was instrumental in founding ProspectSV and has served the organization since inception.

“We are delighted to have Kip Harkness, a transformational leader who is driving the adoption of the 21st century infrastructure needed for cities of the future to be smart, sustainable and resilient, join our board of directors,” said Gordon Ho, Board Chairman of ProspectSV. “I also want to extend our deep gratitude to Kim Walesh for her dedication and commitment to ProspectSV over her 4 years of service, and we look forward to our continued collaboration.”

Ruth Cox, CEO of ProspectSV further noted, “Having someone with Kip’s Smart City experience on the board will strengthen our ability to deliver on our mission to accelerate the adoption of clean technology for sustainable, smarter communities, both locally and abroad.”

Prior to his current position, Mr. Harkness served as the Director of Technology Engagement at PayPal. In that role, he led the development of PayPal’s next generation technology solutions for solving technical problems for customers, merchants and nonprofits in their communities. Mr. Harkness previously served for 15 years in a variety of management roles for the City of San José and its Redevelopment Agency.

Throughout his career, Mr. Harkness has been instrumental in forming public-private partnerships to accelerate the pace of adoption for innovative technologies.

“ProspectSV is providing tremendous insight and guidance into new technologies and projects that will reshape the landscape of our future cities,” said Kip Harkness. “I’m pleased to be joining their board of directors and look forward to helping them bolster their ability to support Bay Area cities in the deployment of smart city initiatives.”


About ProspectSV: 
ProspectSV is a nonprofit cleantech innovation hub focused on solutions for sustainable, smarter communities. We bring government, corporations and academia together with start-ups, product teams and expert staff to accelerate adoption of innovations in transportation, energy and the built environment. ProspectSV provides a full spectrum of support services including market and technical insight, connections to partners and investors, pilot opportunities as well as access to a $12 million, 23,000 sq. ft. Technology Demonstration Center with working and industrial space, lab facilities and specialized equipment. We have provided commercialization support to more than 25 startups that have raised over $153M in follow-on funding and created hundreds of jobs. In partnership with state and local governments, ProspectSV demonstrates and scales leading edge cleantech solutions. With projects in over 50 cities, leveraging over $80 million in funding and financing, and with industry leading corporate sponsors, ProspectSV is the only organization with the ability to both prove and apply solutions for next generation communities. For more information visit

ProspectSV is the organizer of the annual Innovation and Impact Symposium, Silicon Valley’s premier forum focusing on how emerging technologies of today form the foundation for the smart cities of tomorrow. To learn more, visit

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