Welcome, Innovation Team

The City of Minneapolis just took a positive step toward achieving our goal of One Minneapolis:  The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Team, or i-team, begins its work with the City this week.

One Minneapolis aims to eliminate disparities in Minneapolis so all residents can participate and prosper. The i-team is here to help us move toward One Minneapolis with the support, effort and dedication of each City employee and the equity work already going on throughout the City.

The i-team will focus first on investigating and analyzing whether the City delivers services equitably throughout Minneapolis. Team members will study how City policies, services and service-delivery mechanisms contribute to racial and place-based disparities and then develop strategies and responsive new interventions to fix these problems and deliver measurable results.

One City for One Minneapolis

City employees are critical in helping us move toward One Minneapolis. Once the i-team identifies areas for examination, their work will require engaged and committed partnerships with you. Your cooperation is necessary and appreciated. In order to move the dial on equity, we all need to work together as one City.

Meet the i-team

Director Don Joseph
Don is a business process reengineering and analytics leader with professional experience at Target Corporation; Bloomberg L.P.; Citigroup, Inc. and Moody’s Corporation. He has an education in business administration and human resources management and development. 

Program manager Tracy Roloff
Through her work at the University of Minnesota and Northside Achievement Zone, Tracy possesses strong skills in project management, organizational evaluation, analytics and system thinking. Her education is in educational psychology and occupational therapy.

Program manager Zoe Thiel
Zoe brings professional experience in strategic planning, project management, analytics and performance measurement based on her work experience at Minneapolis Public Schools and the City of Minneapolis. Her education is in political science, economics and public policy.

Data scientist Gopal Narayan
Gopal has a deep technical, analytical and statistical background based on work experience at the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Department of Human Services and North Hennepin Community College. Gopal has an education in public health, applied mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Business process and data analyst Elizabeth “Lizzie” McNamara
Through educational studies and work at the Metropolitan Council and Teach for America, Lizzy possesses experience in program evaluation, survey design and data analysis. She has an education in public policy and English.

Business process and data analyst Vince Vu
Vince brings professional experience in process improvement, program evaluation and data analysis through work at the State of Minnesota, City of Coon Rapids and independent consulting. His education is in geography, anthropology and public policy.

You can find the i-team in Room M317 at City Hall and view their contact information in CityTalk.

About the i-team

The i-team is excited to get to work and looks forward to working with you and your employees. The Minneapolis i-team is made possible with a $2.7 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Minneapolis was one of 14 cities selected in December 2014 as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program. The program aims to improve the capacity of City Halls to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve citizens’ lives. Grant funds allow mayors to hire and fund i-teams for up to three years.

Published May 20, 2015

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