The Mobile Innovation Team is housed within the Mayor’s Office and is charged with providing ongoing innovation capacity to tackle major challenges in the city. The Innovation Team works with government and community stakeholders to deploy a range of strategies, including quantitative research, ethnographic study, and design based innovation to create fresh, bold solutions with speed and agility.
Terrance Smith, DIRECTOR
A native of Prichard Alabama, graduate of C.F. Vigor, and a University of South Alabama Alumnus; Terrance has a deep-rooted connection to Mobile County and the surrounding areas. He continuously pours himself into fostering community growth by mentoring local youth, serving as a board member to several organizations, and building relationships with city leaders to help blur the line between city officials and the residents that they serve.
As the director of the Mayor's Innovation Team, he heads a team of professionals who are responsible for developing strategies to uniquely solve problems within the City and its communities. This is often achieved by creating a connection with those affected, and gaining a deeper understanding of the impact of issues on both external and internal stakeholders.
A few of his professional accolades include Mobile Bay Magazine’s 40 under 40, Leadership Mobile Class of 2014, and al.com’s Young Rebel of the Year Award. Most importantly he is a husband, friend and an active community member. He lives by the motto “Make Mistakes, Make Improvements, Never Make Excuses”.
Jayson D'Alessandro, Senior Designer
After graduating from Auburn University with an Industrial "Product" Design degree, Jayson started his career designing for a retail solutions agency in the Greater New York and San Diego areas. Working with many global brands to develop in-store fixtures, he gained experience in client relations, brand adoption, marketing strategy, materials, manufacturing processes, and budget awareness. More recently he took his current position with the Bloomberg Innovation Team and the City of Mobile to develop innovative city-wide solutions.
Johnny Strada, Data Analyst
A native of Mobile, AL, Johnny serves as the team’s data analyst. After graduating from the USA Master of Public Administration program concentrating in Public Policy, he published a graduate thesis entitled The Impact of Autonomy: Evaluating the Effect of Home Rule on Government Outcomes that statistically analyzed and examined public policies and processes as impacted by authority delegation. Previously, he worked as a Data Analyst and in Government Relations and Public Policy while living and working in Washington, D.C. He lives in Midtown with his wife Sarah.