Kimberly de Castro

Kimberly de Castro is the industry relations and innovation director for CITRIS at UC Merced, where she develops and implements activities which cultivate relationships with industry partners and advance innovation and entrepreneurship related to the CITRIS mission.

After receiving her MBA at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, de Castro honed her skills as a strategy and change manager in the manufacturing, engineering and IT fields in Germany for over 15 years. She is passionate about supporting university students and professors in bridging the gap between the laboratory and the market, connecting them with corporate leaders, and finding the right stakeholders when creating a startup.

A Florida native, de Castro is often found watching World Cup soccer and Gator football, hiking mountain or jungle trails, or hanging out on beaches—whether Atlantic, Pacific or Mediterranean.