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Professional Summary

Success in the 21st-century economy relies on having effective pathways for ideas, innovation, data, and funding.  Todd Kielkopf leverages networks of professional resources in these key areas to design value-creating business models, organizational development strategies, and implementation tactics.  Clients include tech-oriented communities, utilities, businesses, project teams, and investors.

Engagements and Experience

Jun 2016Present

[email protected] Program and Ventures

Simpson College and The Emerge Foundation

Lead and administer an entrepreneurial development program.  Develop program components with staff and faculty, mentor venture teams, and advise on launch strategies.  Serve as the foundation's Executive Director and the program's liaison to the Iowa startup community.  Co-founded the program in 2013 and now serve in a staff and adjunct faculty role.

Advise DNP123 Co. on a joint research and prototype development partnership with a regional Fortune 500 company commercializing patented nano-scale self assembly technology.  Also co-developing a prototype and business plan for Visium, LLC, a startup bio-oil refiner converting animal waste into asphalt oil to prepare for venture capital and validation of its patented processes.

July 2016Present

SmartSource Consulting

Provide strategic, economic development, and financial planning services to communities evaluating broadband capacity enhancements and transport network options.  Co-facilitate stakeholder input and feedback processes with SmartSource through collaborative client engagements with several communities in Iowa and Colorado.

April 2016Present

Clear Carbon Filtration Corp.

Contracted to provide business development management services for a new company providing lower-cost, biomass-sourced, activated carbon. Coordinated a successful economic development funding application, led business planning efforts, and manage a pilot testing program.

June 2015Present

Midwest Polarity Thinking Initiative

John C. Culver Public Policy Center

Facilitate strategic planning for clients and moderate events with Mowry Strategies and other Polarity Partnership practitioners.  Also lead an advisory team to form a public policy institute based on the Polarity Approach to Continuity and Transformation. 

July 2007Present

NMPP Energy and the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska

Former NMPP Board President; current Risk Oversight Committee Chair

Represent the Carlisle, Iowa Electric Utility on the Management Committee of multi-state wholesale power entity.   Facilitated the development of new strategic objectives and risk parameters for the organization.  Also a member of the Ad-Hoc Committee that restructured wholesale rates. 

Sep 1999Present

Indianola Community Foundation

Board Chair and Treasurer

Administer funds for community betterment teams.  Co-managed a successful proposal to construct a $13 million YMCA in conjunction with a new commercial business park.  Co-established the Warren Co. Philanthropic Partnership to fund regional projects with other area foundations. 

May 2013Nov 2015

Iowa Energy Center

Advisory Council Chairperson and member

Served as the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities representative. Worked with staff to leverage state and industry R&D funding to commercialize research.

July 2007July 2015

General Manager

Chief utility administrative officer

Administrative leader reporting to a Board of Trustees with $15 million P&L responsibilities.  Formed a new public/private partnership providing Gig-level broadband services over a fiber optic network and co-founded an affiliated technology outreach partnership program.  Also developed a strategic, financial, and tactical plans to improve major sections and components of its utility infrastructure.

Sep 1999Jun 2007

Director of Administrative & Community Services

City CFO, CIO, and economic development liasion

Reorganized local economic development programs, expanded an industrial park, and linked facility data systems via wireless communications and a fiber optic loop.  

Mar 1993Aug 1999

CFO, CIO and related duties

Public and nonprofit sectors

Co-managed a successful $22 million facility renovation proposal.

Co-developed grant proposals that funded innovative services.