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.
Peyton Lazzari, Project Manager
An Alabama native and Auburn University graduate, Peyton joined the I-Team after spending her last few years in Portland, OR, where she spent time honing her skills working on the Microsoft account at WE Communications. While there, she helped to elevate the brand image of Microsoft Office with focused campaigns, events, and media engagements that helped bolster an increase in Office’s purchase and usage rates.
Now, her focus is where her heart always has been: using her skill set to help make the lives of those in her community better. She is used to wearing many different hats as she has in other roles, and the I-Team is no different: on any given day, she can be found helping carry projects across the finish line as seamlessly as possible. This looks like work schedules, stakeholder management, copywriting, project planning, social media management, and everything in between.
Johnny Strada, Data Analyst
A native of Mobile, AL, Johnny joined the I-Team in the Spring of 2018. Johnny graduated from the USA Master of Public Administration program in May of 2016 concentrating in Public Policy. During this period, 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 government processes as impacted by authority delegation.
Previously, he worked as a Data Analyst at the Center for Strategic Health Innovation in the College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama and, prior, served for over seven years in Government Relations and Public Policy while living and working in Washington, DC. He currently lives in Midtown with his wife Sarah.