New Director Named to Lead Regional Smart Cities Initiatives
NEW YORK CITY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SEPTEMBER 20th, 2017
Venture Smarter is proud to announce that Rhonda Binda will assume the role as the Director of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative effective October 1st, 2017. As a part of the founding team, Rhonda leads Venture Smarter's government and education group and works with stakeholders to research, plan, fund, and build smart cities and connected communities. Rhonda's added role in leading RSCI will enable her to facilitate leadership and education efforts that focus on using technology as a tool to improve outcomes for people.
“We are excited to announce that Rhonda Binda will be the new Director of Venture Smarter’s Regional Smart Cities Initiatives, which are not for profit efforts to educate and align stakeholders around available resources and addressable opportunity areas to build smart cities and connected communities.”
— ZACK HUHN, VENTURE SMARTER CEO
Rhonda Binda is VP Policy for Venture Smarter and is now the Director of their Regional Smart Cities Initiatives. She has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division, and in the West Wing of the White House, under two administrations respectively. In between her government tours she practiced technology law with Alston & Bird.
Binda most recently returned to her hometown and served as the Executive Director of the Jamaica Business Improvement District. Under her tenure, Governor Cuomo awarded Jamaica the #1 award state-wide for downtown revitalization, Jamaica was named #1 hottest neighborhood in NYC by the Wall Street Journal and won NYC’s SBS Neighborhood Challenge Grant.
In 2016, she was Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leader of the Year and named Community Leader of the Year by QCYD. Binda attended Duke and Oxford and received her JD from Georgetown.
To learn more, visit venturesmarter.com or smartregions.org. Rhonda will be speaking at the upcoming Smart Regions Conference about her efforts in building smart cities and regions at BB&T Arena on October 25th.