The City's Innovation Team grew out of the Mayor's Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MOFIE), which was formed in 2016 to adopt innovative best learnings from around the country and to serve as a liaison between City Hall, the Mayor's Office, and Sacramento's innovation community. To better align City resources, the Innovation Team joined the City Manager's Office of Innovation and Economic Development (OIED) in Spring 2018.
Louis Stewart currently serves as the City of Sacramento's first Chief Innovation Officer. Mr. Stewart is responsible for the development of a broad citywide portfolio of programs and initiatives that support, drive, influence and build upon the City of Sacramento's economic inclusion philosophy, business development strategies, goals, customer relationships and business results. He spent the last seven years serving as California's Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). In that capacity he oversaw the coordination and promotion of innovative programs, activities, and emerging technologies throughout California for the last seven years. He managed a robust statewide innovation-based economic development support network of regional innovation clusters called the California Innovation Hubs (iHubs). Mr. Stewart has served in the public sector for 10 years including as the Deputy Director of the Census for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the Assistant Deputy Director of the Field Operations Division for the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Information Technology Director for Californians for Schwarzenegger. His professional experience also includes 17 years in the private sector in sales, marketing, and information technology.
While Mr. Stewart’s experience is vast, his greatest expertise and focus includes:
Smart and Connected Cities
Development of Innovation Ecosystems
Mr. Stewart is a service based leader who embodies the belief that he cannot be a success without helping others be successful.
Mr. Stewart grew up in France and Italy, and played professional basketball in Peru and Belgium until he landed back in Sacramento. Mr. Stewart received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University.@MeetMrStewart
Ash Roughani is Staff Aide and manages City grant programs such as the Creative Economy Pilot Project, in addition to other initiatives. Ash is a systems thinker who synthesizes his deep knowledge of public policy and business strategy with technical skills in product management, web development, human centered design, and community building. Prior to his role at the City, Ash founded and launched several civic technology startups, including Public Innovation, Code for Sacramento, and Delivery Unit. He was formerly Senior Associate at California Forward, served as an Executive Fellow in the Schwarzenegger Administration. Ash holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Sacramento State, a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara, and completed half of the MBA program at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.@roughani
Aubree Taylor is an Administrative Technician with the City of Sacramento’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development. She manages the City’s SUTL Innovation Grant Program in addition to other initiatives. Aubree has been with the City of Sacramento since 2014 and got her start in Sacramento’s Mayor’s Office in Constituent Affairs. She holds a BS in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of California, Merced and, as a life-long learner, has studied Computer Science at Sacramento City College. Aubree combines her love for public service with a technical background to help grow the City’s innovation ecosystem to reach long-overlooked communities.@aubreej9