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

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. ...

Altonio Smith Director of Data Capacity Development

Altonio Smith, MURP, MBA is an experienced and dedicated Urban Planning Professional who works with municipalities,...

Sylvia Crum Transportation and Mobility Director

Sylvia’s preferred type of bicycle riding is for transportation. Arriving in Memphis in 2012 she quickly found a home...

Austin Harrison Senior Research Fellow

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

Angelica Carey Food Systems Innovation Fellow

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

Jafrin Mouli Housing and Community Development Fellow

Jafrin Mouli joined Innovate Memphis in 2021 as a Housing and Community Development (HCD) Fellow from the University of...

Kathy Lofton Lead for America Fellow: Broadband

Kathy Lofton is a 2022-2023 fellow with Lead for America. Under the purview of Innovate Memphis' City Innovation...

Jennie Doss Graduate Research Assistant

Jennie Doss joined the Innovate Memphis team as a Graduate Research Assistant from the Department of Anthropology at...

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 to info@innovatememphis.com

Transportation and Mobility Director

Innovate Memphis is seeking qualified candidates for the Transportation and Mobility Director position.

Innovate Memphis’ transportation work focuses on promoting commute options such as public transit, pooling, biking, and walking to improve environmental outcomes and quality of life in the Memphis area. The Transportation & Mobility Director will provide project management and delivery of Commute Options Travel Demand Management (TDM) Initiative and leadership for other various projects, policies, and initiatives within Memphis City and Shelby County. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with priority consideration for those who submit their materials by October 15, 2022.

View the job description  and submit your resume and cover letter to info@innovatememphis.com

Board of Directors
Peter Bunce

Peter Bunce

Indigo Ag

Chandell Ryan

Chandell Ryan

City of Memphis

Andre Gibson

Andre Gibson

Independent Consultant

Rachel Kesselman

Rachel Kesselman

FedEx

Petya Kirilova-Grady

Petya Kirilova-Grady

Service Master

JT Malasri

JT Malasri

Malasri Engineering, PLLC

Jennifer Oswalt

Jennifer Oswalt

Downtown Memphis Commission

Darnell Settles, III

Darnell Settles, III

Baptist Memorial Health Care

Haley Simmons

Haley Simmons

Seeding Success

Emily Strack

Emily Strack

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell Berkowitz, PC

Landon Williams, CCIM

Landon Williams, CCIM

Cushman and Wakefield, Commercial Advisors

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