Kim Walesh is Director of Economic Development and Chief Strategist for the City of San José, the nation’s 10th largest city and Capital of Silicon Valley. Kim leads implementation of the City’s comprehensive economic strategy to catalyze private investment, job growth, revenue generation and talent attraction. She oversees citywide initiatives in business retention and attraction, entrepreneurship, clean technology, real estate, downtown revitalization, workforce development, sports and cultural affairs. As Chief Strategist, Kim assists the City’s executive leadership team with organizational change, civic engagement, and organizational innovation.
Prior to joining the City of San José, Kim was co-founder and managing director of Collaborative Economics, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy that works with business and civic leaders to build stronger economies and better communities. She advised leaders on development challenges at the local, regional and state levels. Kim helped found Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, and has authored or co-authored key documents about the Silicon Valley region, including the annual Index of Silicon Valley.