San Francisco Business Times names LLNL Director Kim Budil to ‘Power 100’ list


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Director Kim Budil has been named to the “Power 100” list by the San Francisco Business Times, highlighting the top business leaders in the Bay Area. This is the second year that Budil has been selected for this recognition.

The Power 100 represents the region’s diverse industries and were chosen by the editorial staff to highlight leaders who are adeptly navigating their companies and organizations through challenges, capitalizing on emerging opportunities, bringing unique insights about the future and motivating others to follow them. Individuals on the list were selected based on their influential positions, community impact, ideas and innovation and contributions to shaping their industries and the region.

“I am very proud to lead LLNL’s incredible employees as we work to push the frontiers of science and technology and create innovative solutions to today’s biggest global challenges at a time when big ideas are truly needed,” Budil said. “It is an honor to be recognized with this impactful group of leaders as we collectively seek to create a better future.”

Budil is the 13th director of LLNL, where she leads a workforce of more than 8,700 employees and manages an annual operating budget of more than $3 billion. As director, she sets the strategic vision for the Laboratory and is responsible for the successful execution of programs and operations to enhance national security through application of cutting-edge science and technology and to maintain an outstanding and diverse workforce.

She leads the development and implementation of the Laboratory’s scientific vision, goals and objectives, and engages with the senior leadership of the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration and other federal agencies, as well as senior leaders across government, academia and the private sector. She serves on several boards and participates in numerous professional and community outreach activities.

Budil holds a Ph.D. in engineering and applied science from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.