Our Team

Passionate about creating lasting impact, our dedicated professionals possess exceptional communication, facilitation, project management, and problem-solving skills. Drawing from diverse backgrounds and subject matter expertise, our team leverages years of experience to craft new partnerships and programs that drive positive change in our community.


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 Project Research Manager

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...
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

Downtown Memphis Commission

Darnell Settles, III

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Haley Simmons

City of Memphis

Emily Strack

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell Berkowitz, PC

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