Two Innovation Leaders Leave Louisville, Ky.

Replacements for Chief Innovation Officer Ted Smith and Theresa Reno-Weber, the city’s chief of performance and technology, have already been named.

by / August 24, 2016
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Two head innovators will depart and be replaced this week, Louisville, Ky., Mayor Greg Fischer announced Aug. 24.

Ted Smith, the city’s chief innovation officer, will soon depart to assume a CEO role at Revon Systems, a health technology company. Smith will be replaced by Grace Simrall, founder of iGlass Analytics and executive director of innovation for Intel Care Innovations. Simrall begins working at the city this week, according to a press release.

Theresa Reno-Weber, the city’s chief of performance and technology, will depart to become president and CEO of Metro United Way, a community-focused nonprofit. Reno-Weber will be replaced by Daro Mott, chief innovation officer for Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
 
“Daro and Grace will make a powerful team and will continue to create a culture of innovation and continuous improvement in Metro Government,” Fischer said in the press release.

Smith is credited with leading several projects in the technology and innovation space, including AirLouisville, which distributed GPS-enabled asthma inhalers to identify air quality issues throughout the city.

“The opportunity to serve Mayor Fischer and the caring people of Louisville through the innovation leadership role was deeply rewarding and I look forward to serving further as a citizen-scientist and health-focused entrepreneur,” said Smith, who was named as one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2013.

And in 2015, Reno-Weber was named as one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. She was hired in 2012, and spearheaded development of LouieStat, a performance platform that tracks progress on operational goals, and supplies city officials and residents with regular updates on progress while holding the metro government to a higher level of accountability.