Minneapolis i-team earns award for work to transform the city

The Minneapolis Innovation Team received a Transformer Award for its work pushing for bold change in the city. Bloomberg Philanthropies chose the Minneapolis i-team for the award from among the innovation teams in 14 participating cities for best demonstrating dedication to transformative change.

The Minneapolis i-team finds innovative ways to improve City services and policies that impact racial disparities. Bloomberg Philanthropies recognized the Minneapolis i-team for successfully:

Meet the i-team

Director Brian K. Smith 

Smith brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the public and private sectors to the City. His background includes work in nonprofit management, county government, for-profit business development, policy consultation, fundraising, lobbying and reform efforts in juvenile justice, human services, health, transportation and education. Before joining the City, Smith was owner and president of the Institute on Culture and Policy, a policy consulting firm dedicated to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities through systems change and community engagement. While maintaining his leadership role with the Institute on Culture and Policy, he also served as the State of Minnesota’s coordinator for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative for four years.

Planner analyst Angela Butel

With professional experience as a research assistant and at Catholic Charities, Butel brings skills in qualitative research and data analysis, community engagement, and facilitation. She studied anthropology and human rights at Macalester College.

Planner analyst Nicholas Campbell

Campbell is a north Minneapolis resident who brings professional experience in community engagement, program development, strategic planning and relationship building. With an educational background in strategic communication and public relations, he has previously held roles at Emerge Community Development and is a former AmeriCorps VISTA member.

Program manager Tracy Roloff
Through her work at the University of Minnesota and Northside Achievement Zone, Roloff 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
Thiel 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.

About the i-team

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 residents’ lives.

Published Jul 26, 2016



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