The Innovation Team (i-team) was established in the summer of 2015 as a ‘start up’ with a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of their Innovation Teams Grant Program. The team was asked to apply the Bloomberg City Hall Innovation Methodology to develop initiatives that would help address displacement of businesses and residents and changing neighborhoods. The below initiatives have been or will be launched by September 2016 in partnership with Departments throughout the City as well as private partners, organizations and residents of the City. Once the projects are launched and transitioned to Departments for sustainment, the i-team will take on a new priority as assigned by the Mayor. In addition to creating robust programs in 2016, the team has helped to advance the innovation culture across the Southern California and Western region as the pioneers of the West Coast Innovation Network and through programs they have lead with IDEO and for their work with Los Angeles’ Innovation Week. The team has also already raised over $1M from a variety of public and private sources to support their programs in year one.

How We Work

The i-team was created to provide Los Angeles with a method to address structural barriers and deliver change to Angelenos. Using Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested, successful Innovation Delivery approach, the i-team enables the City to take ideas through development all the way to implementation and provides our Mayor with assurance in the ability to develop and implement effective solutions for the highest-priority problems.

Using the Innovation Delivery approach, we conduct deep analyses to assess local conditions, develop innovative, responsive solutions, and relentlessly measure progress against clear goals.

“The i-team has brought a strong in-house team that successfully injects private sector processes within government to execute and enhance projects like the LA Business Portal.”  

Frank Aguirre
Business Development Specialist, Mayors Office of Economic Development

Our Focus

The i-team is currently focused on building solutions to support inclusive neighborhood revitalization through residential, business, and neighborhood projects.

Bloomberg Innovation Teams

Innovation Delivery is Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested, successful approach for bringing innovation to city challenges. It leverages best-in-class idea generation techniques and a structured, data-driven approach to delivering results. Mayors have effectively used this approach with their i-teams on issues as diverse as murder reduction, economic development, and customer service.