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


Lily Thomas

Lily Thomas

President & CEO
Phill Thomas

Phill Thomas

Chief Operating Officer
Dale Luddeke

Dale Luddeke

Executive Director of Operations
Matt Brumberger

Matt Brumberger

Director, Cloud Advisory Services and Business Consulting
Frank Roberts

Frank Roberts

Director, IT Services
Cassie McGraw

Cassie McGraw

Director, Human Resources
Stacy Roux

Stacy Roux

Director, Business Development
Denise Economy

Denise Economy

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.

Environmental Protection Agency
Department Of Defense
Department Of The Interior
United States Geological Survey
Andrews Base
Fort Polk

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.

City Of Hayden
Spirit Lake Police
Georgia Perimeter College
Texas University
Panhandle Health District
Georgia State University

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.

Tulalip Tribe
Couer D’Alene

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.

Catholic Relief Services
Idaho Forest Group
Truven Health Analytics
Pepco Holdings

Open Ratings

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:


Innovate! is a virtual company headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia with an office in the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC. The majority of Innovate! staff work remotely from home offices across the country, keeping in touch with co-workers and clients via phone, email, teleconferencing, and video conferencing. Innovate!’s virtual work environment allows us to keep overhead low, conserve resources, and assemble the best possible teams regardless of team members’ locations. We frequently meet with clients face-to-face, with additional team members attending meetings remotely. Since our staff are not restricted to working standard business hours, we are available to our clients across time zones and around the clock.

Social Responsibility

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.