Kathy Lombardo


SMU board committees

International Programs Committee, Chair

Educational background

University of Washington


Kathy Lombardo

Kathy is currently working as an independent consultant. She specializes in team building, mentoring and coaching emerging talent and enhanced business decision making. She is adept at spotting market trends and developing strategies for business expansion across service sectors. She has a passion for collaborative leadership, driving the soul into business operations while improving financial results.

She traveled extensively in rural Africa and India as a Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a member of the Agricultural Development Team where she was responsible for a portfolio of investments for reducing poverty through affordable water management systems.  The portfolio focused on understanding the needs of small plot farmers, most of whom are women, focused on agriculture water management to help poor farmers become food secure, improve their livelihoods, and ultimately to help farmers be resilient to environmental and market disruptions.

Prior to joining the foundation, she was Senior VP of CH2M Hill's Northwest Region comprised of offices in six states.  She was responsible for the integration of services and overall financial performance of the firm's businesses region-wide.  She managed complex multidisciplinary technical investigations, negotiated solutions with regulatory agencies, and led progressively larger business units within the firm.