Innovation Team - Who We Are

Brian K. Smith – Director

Brian brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the public and private sectors to the Innovation Team. 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, Brian 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, Brian also served as the State of Minnesota’s coordinator for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative for four years.

Tracy Roloff – Program Manager

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.

Zoe Thiel – Program Manager

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.

Angela Butel – Planner Analyst

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.

Nick Campbell – Planner Analyst

Nick 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, he has previously held roles at Emerge Community Development and is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumnus.

Toni Frazier - Project Coordinator

With more than 25 years with the City of Minneapolis, Toni brings her experience as an administrative professional focusing on office administration, data visualization, analysis, and her knowledge of city processes.



Last updated Dec 27, 2016



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