2022 in Review at Innovate Memphis


As we prepare for an exciting year ahead for our organization and city, our team at Innovate Memphis is also looking back to celebrate a year of big accomplishments in 2022. We experienced significant changes in organizational leadership with outgoing Executive Director Justin Entzminger taking on a new opportunity at the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation in May and new ED Jessica Lotz coming from Memphis-Shelby County Schools in August. During this year of transition, Innovate Memphis’ staff and its partners nevertheless achieved great things for the public good including:

  • Launching new food security initiatives and digital literacy courses for senior citizens through our No Kid Hungry and Lead for America fellowships, respectively
  • Reaching our ridership goals every month since July for 901 Ride Choice, which provides eligible Memphians with free rides to medical appointments
  • Fully transitioning the EMS Healthcare Navigator program to the Memphis Fire Department to sustain patient-centered emergency response practices
  • Growing projects and partnerships with nonprofits and local government as a civic data intermediary including receiving the national Kingsley Impact Award for using data infrastructure and community engagement to address racial inequalities in housing instability during the onset of the pandemic
  • Continuing to develop new partnerships and educational content for our Commute Options and Commute Options Schools programs that promote increased biking, walking and public transit use
  • Supporting capacity building and demonstration projects among our Reimagining the Civic Commons partners and expanding our local learning network and strengthening peer-city connections

We are grateful for all of our staff, partners and supporters who made 2022 a year to remember at Innovate Memphis, and we look forward to all of the work ahead to make our community more vibrant, connected and prosperous in 2023.

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