Contact Information

Office address: 120 N Pine St, Ste 292, Spokane, WA 99202. Phone: 509 255 8038. Email:


Lars Gilberts

Chief Executive Officer  Phone: 509 255 8093

As the University District's CEO, Lars is responsible for carrying out the mission and goals of The University District, providing strategic leadership, forming tactical partnerships and collaborations, managing the financial well-being of the organization, moving projects from creation to completion, and overseeing operations and staff.


A key role of the CEO is to realize the potential of the University District as a platform for the coordinated interests of higher education, research, local government, business and private development including expanding the health-care and life sciences sectors, as well as the “smart city” technology investments in the area.


Prior to joining the University District in April 2017, Lars served as the statewide ALICE director at United Way of Broward County. The United Way ALICE Report equips businesses, nonprofits, funders, policymakers and the community with the common data and language to develop improved policy and practice for those who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed. Prior to joining United Way, Lars was the director of financial stability at Branches, Inc., where he served more than 10 years. While at Branches, Lars started and grew a variety of programs that promoted financial self-sufficiency through emergency services, VITA free tax preparation, financial education, personal financial coaching, the automotive microloan Ways to Work program and small business services.


While much of Lars’s professional experience has been with nonprofits, his education and original experience have been in the for-profit arena. Lars completed a BBA in Marketing at the University of Texas Pan American as well as an MBA in Management from Barry University. He comes from a family of business and farm owners and before joining Branches, Lars salvaged a shipping logistics franchise that had been in a long decline. These endeavors have been successful in large part because of Lars’s commitment to providing valuable opportunities for his clients and partners alike; from helping small businesses succeed, to providing integrated financial coaching for working families, to building cross-sector coalitions. Lars has committed his life and career to helping people and organizations meet their missions in ways that help others do the same.


Alden Jones

Administrator 509 255 8038

Alden has extensive experience working alongside top academic, corporate, and non-profit leaders. Alden started with the University District in January 2016 and before that served for ten years as the administrator and assistant to the executive director of the Life Sciences Discovery Fund Authority, a Washington state agency that supported innovative research across Washington to promote life science competitiveness, enhance economic vitality and improve health and health care. Alden's prior roles include the executive assistant to the president emeritus of the University of Washington, to the founding director of the Talaris Research Institute and to the president of Pistol Creek Financial Company. She also served for several years as the communications specialist for the Washington Technology Center and the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the University of Washington. Alden's career has included several unique hats such as co-producer of an independent feature film, construction management and outfitting of beachside villas in Mexico, branding for hospitality businesses, and art museum administration. Alden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.


Office Hours and 2019 Holiday Schedule

Office hours are 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The University District office is closed on the following holidays:

New Year's Day  1/1/19
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 1/21/19
President's Day 2/18/19
Memorial Day 5/27/19
Independence Day 7/4/19
Labor Day 9/2/19
Thanksgiving Day 11/28/19
Day after Thanksgiving 11/29/19
Christmas Day 12/25/19


Photo courtesy Gonzaga University