Who We Are
Founded in 2002 by Lily Thomas, Innovate! Inc. is more than a consulting company. We are an 8(a) certified woman and minority-owned consulting firm with an award-winning history of delivering state-of-the-art services and solution to Federal, State, Tribal and local government clients. We also serve private industry, with special focus in healthcare, higher education, and utilities. Innovate! specializes in business consulting, geospatial solutions, information technology, and cloud advisory services. Innovate! employs a multi-disciplinary team of over 130 technical experts, regulatory specialists, project and program management consultants, information technology (IT), and geospatial professionals.
Innovate! is committed to the success of our clients, and delivers innovative solutions that solve management, technology, and program challenges while providing low total cost of ownership solutions so our clients can re-direct their precious resources to protecting human health and the environment. We develop partnerships, not projects. We start by understanding your business objectives and don’t stop until you get maximum value. Our dedication to client satisfaction and successful history of on-time, on-budget delivery has resulted in enduring, decades-long relationships.
Innovate! Core Principles
We operate with a level of integrity that is legendary
We make being held accountable fulfilling
Focus on client and employee delight – then profits will come
Transform government – we are passionate about reducing US debt
We are passionate about and live consistent with taking care of the planet
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Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Our primary clients are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), as well as many state, tribal and US territory environmental departments. Our focus is to drive efficiencies and business results through innovative consulting techniques and solutions. We specialize in helping public sector agencies transform themselves into business-based, customer-focused organizations.
Federal – Federal departments and agencies are undergoing significant transformational activities in response to changes in the national and international environment. Across all federal agencies, the imperatives of increased stewardship of resources, streamlined program management, improved planning and budgeting, and enhanced responsiveness to citizens are causing agencies to rethink and reengineer many functions.
The President’s Management Agenda, internal departmental and agency strategic plans, and Congressional legislation designed to improve the quality, responsiveness, and efficiency of government operations, have resulted in significant efforts to achieve a more streamlined, cost-effective, and accountable government. Innovate! develops, implements, and assists federal government clients to achieve their new mandates.
Innovate! builds and delivers tailored, integrated solutions that support the responsibilities and mission-critical systems of our federal clients. To ensure you receive timely and comprehensive service, we assemble a team to collaborate with you to rapidly deliver quality functional and technical advice that is grounded in experience and enhanced by strategic and innovative thinking.
State/Local – Innovate! has extensive domain experience in State government, including the areas of health and human services, geospatial, business management, and financial. We possess a deep understanding of HIPAA, FISMA and other regulations regarding safeguarding data and information at rest, in motion, and on portable devices. Our state practice has proven abilities and skills across a wide range of technologies and allows us to bring the appropriate resources to focus on your specific needs.
Tribal – Working effectively with tribal governments can be complex. Our personnel have over 30 years of experience working with tribes and have supported numerous initiatives for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Coeur D’Alene Tribe, Tulalip Tribe and Shoalwater Bay Tribe.
Commercial – Innovate! has supported efforts in the health, utility, and higher education industries. We have assisted organizations such as the EPA and Truven Health Analytics in planning, designing, and implementing IT-based solutions. Our consultants have a wide range of experience with database development, application development, visualization, cloud solution delivery, project management and performance measurement.
According to Open Ratings, a third-party performance ratings service, our clients consistently rate Innovate! Inc. high in quality, reliability, and responsiveness
As a result of Innovate!’s culture and employee-led performance, we have received numerous awards including, but not limited to:
- 2015 CIO Review 20 Most Promising Public Sector Solution Providers
- 2015 Integrity, Customer, Employee Award for excellence on the USGS TSSC contract services
- 2014 EPA Mason Hewitt Award for Excellence, EnviroAtlas Application
- 2012 EPA Outstanding 8(a) Small Business of the Year
- 2010 EPA/CIO Award for Innovation, GeoData Gateway
Founded by Innovate! in 2010, Global Cooling Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit, reflects Innovate!’s commitment to our planet. The mission of Global Cooling Network is to preserve forested land in its natural, undeveloped state.
To learn more, please visit globalcoolingnetwork.org.