Kimberly M. Britton has decades of experience leading organizations in the sectors of energy, government, healthcare, and the arts with emphasis in nonprofits, government relations, land use politics,public and community relations as both a founder and senior leader.
Her areas of expertise include energy trends, strategy, visioning, cross-functional teams, negotiation and building organizations from the ground up.
Currently, she is the Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter, a nonprofit created by CPS Energy, OCI Solar, Itron and Landis+Gyr. EPIcenter propels energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, and critical conversations around energy.
Britton began as employee number one in March 2016 and went to work to build a team and a new organization into a thriving enterprise. In addition to responsibility for the effective administration and fiscal performance of the organization, Britton oversees the rapidly growing array of EPIcenter programs. In addition to a robust and growing thought leadership program, she has led the way to the creation of what is believed to be the nation’s first energy incubator and accelerator with fully virtual programming capability with an accompanying virtual fabrication laboratory. It serves energy-related clients from across the US and internationally.
Increasingly, utilities and other clients engage Britton and EPIcenter to expand their innovation bandwidth, vet emerging technologies and perform focused project work under its business line of advisory services founded by Britton and her team. The organization also benefits greatly from its collaborations with its network of more than 70 strategic partners across the globe.
Britton is currently the co-founder of a new collaboration of public power utilities designed to enable cooperation among the entities and to harness the collective might of public power in the state.
She currently serves as a member of the Denton’s Smart Cities Think Tank and was recently recognized and represented San Antonio in Public Utilities Fortnightly’s list of SmartestCommunities 2019.
She is a Fort Worth native and graduate of Texas Christian University residing in San Antonio with her husband Gary Britton, principal of his own executive coaching and consulting firm, and their very personable dog Ruby.
Jill Vassar is the Chief Development and Partnerships Officer at EPIcenter, a young nonprofit propelling energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, and critical conversations around energy. With 27 years of nonprofit experience in economic development, strategic planning, governance, marketing, and development, she oversees EPIcenter’s fundraising, communications, and thought leadership programs.
Jill was the first Director of Advancement at Good Samaritan Community Services, a social service agency serving some of South Texas’ highest poverty level zip codes. She was also a Vice President of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation where she recruited manufacturers, back office operations, and warehouse/distribution facilities to San Antonio.
Jill is an engaged community leader with current and past roles in museums, educational institutions, arts organizations, as well as scientific, professional, and philanthropic concerns. She graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in economics and a minor in art history.
Andi Littlejohn is the Chief of the EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator (EEIA). The mission of the EEIA is to become the hub of thought-leading innovation, commercially viable technologies and infrastructure services relating to the delivery of energy innovation. Since its launch in December 2017, five programs have emerged in which 12 startups are enrolled representing, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Toronto.
In addition to overseeing the EEIA and its five programs, Andi is an active coach to the EEIA’s startups, and is a mentor for student teams participating in the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) program.
Andi is a trained business coach with certifications in Wendy Kennedy’s “So what? Who cares? Why you?®” methodology and Growth Wheel.
She graduated with a B.A. from Texas A&M University and holds a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University
Elizabeth Thompson is the Chief of Advisory Services at EPIcenter, a nonprofit propelling energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, and critical conversations around energy. With 15 years of disruptive product and process improvement innovation, strategic planning, and project, program, and portfolio management, she oversees EPIcenter’s Advisory Services aimed to successfully codify, structure, coordinate, and manage the external innovation process and efforts for its clients. These services include focused project work and innovation pipeline management that extend clients’ bandwidth when it comes to energy initiatives.
Elizabeth was previously the Director of Bank and Enterprise Innovation at USAA where she led the company’s employee and external innovation programs. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a M.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University.
Michael White is the Accounting & Programs Associate at EPIcenter where he works predominantly in the accounting department but is also active in various other EPIcenter programs. Michael started at EPIcenter as an intern through the Students+Startups program in the summer of 2017 and permanently joined the team in the fall of 2017. He graduated from Trinity University in May 2019 with a B.S. in Accounting and is now pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at Louisiana State University.
Elena Moore is the Board Relations and Executive Assistant at EPIcenter. She has over 35 years of experience providing administrative support to C-level executives in marketing, service and non-profit organizations. Elena joined EPIcenter in August of 2019. She supports the CEO, Director of Advisory Services and the EPIcenter Board of Directors.