Kim Pearman-Gillman, Immediate Past Chair
Original Appointment: Feb. 21, 2018
Term Expires: Sept. 30, 2023
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Kim Pearman-Gillman is the Senior Vice President of Community Development and Impact for Numerica Credit Union. She brings 35 years of senior leadership experience to bear spanning the private, public, and non-profit sectors with extensive strategic expertise in business development, economic development and community relations, project management, marketing, and communications. This diverse business background has included such prominent leadership positions as: Partner & Business Development Executive for McKinstry; Executive VP of Marketing for Itron; Sr. Vice President of Avista Development and Economic Development Advisor to the Mayor for the City of Spokane.
Pearman-Gillman, who graduated from the University of Houston after also attending Rutgers University, has made Spokane her home with her spouse, raising their three daughters here since 1989. She also serves on the Empire Health Foundation Board. Over the past thirty-five years she has worked alongside five EWU university presidents as well as many faculty members, administrators, staff and students.
“I have seen firsthand the quality, talent and passion of each of these groups and am honored to serve and be a part of EWU’s future,” said Pearman-Gillman.
Pearman-Gillman has gained the reputation as a well-known “connector” and “go to” collaborator in the Spokane area, playing a critical role in several major community and economic development projects, including having spearheaded Spokane’s University District’s formation and development.
“It was a great honor to be chosen to serve on Eastern Washington University’s Board of Trustees,” said Pearman-Gillman. “I’m excited to serve because I believe in EWU and in the importance of its mission as a public university dedicated to top-notch education for all. In particular, I am a deeply committed supporter of the university’s focus on first-generation students and the advancements being made in STEM education.”
Pearman-Gillman and EWU alumni Yvonne Smith founded the Empowering Women Upward Scholarship which has reached endowment level and will offer a student scholarship annually in perpetuity. The friends and EWU supporters share a birthday and decided to turn their annual celebration into a way of giving back and honoring the efforts of women over 35, who were going back to college to enhance their lives