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Brian 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.

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Jonathan Williams-Kinsel
Program Manager

Jonathan brings professional experience in public policy, administration, strategic planning, project management, and performance measurement based on his five years of work experience in local government. His education is in public administration, policy and management and business administration.

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Nick Campbell
Program Manager

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.

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Elliott Payne
Designer

With over a decade of experience preparing private sector, public sector, and non-profits for the digital economy, Elliott brings expertise in driving business strategy through human-centered design. He established the service design practice at space150, an independently owned agency founded in digital, and he was a Business Consultant at Lawson Software (now a part of Infor) where he implemented Enterprise Resource Planning software as a supply chain management lead. Elliott began his career as a mechanical engineer before earning an MBA from Carlson School of Management and founding Sense Datum, LLC.