Kimberly M. Britton is the Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter, a nonprofit created by CPS Energy, OCI Solar, Itron and Lyndis+Gyr to focus on innovation in energy. EPIcenter drives thought leadership, convenes human intelligence, galvanizes alliances, and catalyzes new technologies and concepts in energy.
She has cultivated extensive relationships with energy industry leaders and incubators across the U.S.,rapidly raising the visibility and reputation of EPIcenter.
Britton has 37 years’ experience leading organizations in the sectors of energy, government, health care, and the arts with emphasis in nonprofits, government relations and public and community relations. Previously, she was the Director of Development for the San Antonio Museum of Art where she headed its fund development and membership operations and served as a member of the senior leadership team.
Britton served as the Director of Community Relations for the Barnett division of Chesapeake Energy and led the company’s outreach activities in North Texas. Prior to Chesapeake she headed a hospital foundation in Fort Worth that she co-founded and served as a member of the executive team of the hospital.
As a volunteer, she is a founder of Leadership San Antonio (LSA)’s Alumni Association and served as a member of LSA Class of 41 Steering Committee, having completed the course two years before during LSA 39. She has also served on multiple boards and committees that include the Cliburn Foundation where she was a vice chair for its international piano competition and at one time served as a trustee of the City of Fort Worth Employee Retirement Fund, a $1.5 billion nonprofit, as appointee of the Mayor and City Council. Currently she serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Education at Texas Christian University where she is also an alumna.
Jill Vassar is the Director of Development and Partnerships 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 Director 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 Director 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.
Claire Munro is the Development and Communications Associate at EPIcenter where she executes administrative and tactical tasks that undergrid donor relations, communications, and programmatic initiatives. She assists with planning and executing internal and external communications, as well as supporting the Director of Development. Claire started working for EPIcenter part-time in 2018 as she finished up her senior year at Trinity University. She graduated in May 2019 with a degree in Spanish and Communication.