Kimberly H. Robinson is a knowledgeable, talented and visionary senior planning leader with vast experience thoughtfully and successfully guiding regional planning and community development at the city and county levels. She is recognized for her expert ability to create a holistic and compelling shared vision; anticipate challenges and creatively leverage opportunities; analyze complex issues, find creative solutions, and develop relevant and impactful policy.
Kim is currently the Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the statedesignated regional planning agency for the 43 cities and towns of Western Massachusetts’ Hampden and Hampshire Counties. The organization has a broad portfolio of work, such as projects in the realms of environmental protection; land use and zoning; transportation, including staffing the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region; economic development, public health and emergency preparedness, domestic violence prevention and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded projects (such as infrastructure and social services) and administration, among others. Prior to this, Kim served as the Executive Director of the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency (TMRPA) in Reno, Nevada for nearly twelve years. Her demonstrated ability to successfully manage complex projects, programs and operations is in evidence here, with the agency completing many diverse and complex projects under Kim’s tenure. These include an Industrial Land Needs Analysis, the Consensus Forecast and Spatial Dis-Aggregation for the TMRPA Region, the Truckee Meadows Housing Study, and two five year updates to the regional plan, among others.
Previously, Kim worked as the Community Planning Services Manager at Washoe County, focused on land use, current planning, development and strategic planning for the department and the entire county. Kim also worked at the City of Detroit for nearly 10 years, and was involved in many community development projects, such as a Buy and Build program to encourage residential development, and the development of the Neighborhood Indicators project with the University of Michigan, to assess the health of neighborhoods and assist in the development of resource allocation policies.
Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she graduated cum laude. She went on to earn a Master of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.