About our Team

Our people have an exceptional drive for impact, top-notch communication, facilitation, project management and problem-solving skills. Our team draws on years of experience from diverse backgrounds and subject matters to deliver new and unique partnerships and programs.

Our Team

Jessica Lotz Executive Director

Jessica Lotz is a lifelong Memphian and comes to Innovate Memphis from Memphis-Shelby County Schools where she has been...

Courtney McNeal City Innovation Director / Chief of Staff

Courtney is a native Memphian who has experienced many of the barriers that impact the quality of life for her fellow...

Susan Dalton Strategic Initiatives Director

Susan is a lifelong Memphian, drawn to Innovate Memphis by the unique opportunity to make meaningful social impact. ...

Kira Morin Data Midsouth Director

Kira Morin is an experienced servant leader in the education sector and a former researcher who is driven to achieve...

Jackson McNeil Transportation and Mobility Director

Jackson recently joined Innovate Memphis as the Transportation and Mobility Director for Commute Options. In this role,...

Nikki Dildine Commute Options Schools Program Manager

Nikki is a Memphis transplant by way of rural northern Indiana. She moved here in 2007 after completing both her...

Angelica Carey Food Systems Innovation Fellow

Angelica has been passionate about the environment, people’s health, community service, and social justice from a...

Austin Harrison Senior Research Fellow

Austin Harrison is a Ph.D Candidate in the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University. His research interests...

Meghan Moody Applied Anthropology Graduate Fellow

Meghan Moody is a graduate student in Applied Anthropology at the University of Memphis. Her research interests are...

Navid Enayati Shabkolaei Housing & Community Development Graduate Fellow

Navid has worked as an Urban Planning Specialist and GIS Specialist for a consulting company for 5 years in Iran. Some...

David Akinbode Critical Urban Research Fellow

David Akinbode serves as a research fellow at Innovate Memphis, where he plays a crucial role in the development of a...

Steven Willoughby Community Fiber Infrastructure Lead

Justin Entzminger Former Executive Director

Justin brings a decade of experience as a strategy and growth consultant for nonprofits, start-ups and for-profit...
Career Opportunities
General Interest

We seek to develop a growing talent network and are open to receiving general applicants from freelancers, contractors, researchers, and individuals interested in future opportunities. Submit your information via this interest form

RFP Parks Budget Assessment Research Support

Innovate Memphis seeks a consultant to assist the City of Memphis in conducting a budget assessment and funding recommendations for Memphis Parks.

We are seeking proposals or quotes from qualified consulting firms with expertise in municipal budgeting and financial management and forecasting, building upon recommendations outlined in the 2020 Parks Master Plan.

Request for Proposals RFP Parks Funding Research See RFP for more details. Release Date: July 25, 2023  | Quotation Submission Deadline: August 31, 2023




Board of Directors

Peter Bunce

Indigo Ag

Justin Entzminger

Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation

Gwyn Fisher

Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce

Sara Hall


Rachel Kesselman


Petya Kirilova-Grady


JT Malasri

Malasri Engineering, PLLC

Chandell Ryan

City of Memphis

Darnell Settles, III

Baptist Memorial Health Care

Haley Simmons

Seeding Success

Emily Strack

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell Berkowitz, PC

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