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Who We Are

Who We Are


Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Founded in 2002 by Lily Thomas, Innovate! Inc. is more than a consulting company. We are a certified woman and minority-owned consulting firm with an award-winning history of delivering state-of-the-art services and solutions to Federal, State, Tribal, and local government clients. We also serve private industry, with special focus on non-profit, higher education, and utilities.

Our Commitment


We are committed to the success of our clients, and deliver 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 delivering value for THEIR customers and stakeholders.
We employ a multi-disciplinary team of over 130 technical experts, regulatory specialists, project and program management consultants, information technology (IT), geospatial professionals, and communications and outreach strategists. We start by understanding our customers’ business objectives and don’t stop until they get maximum value. We identify our client’s needs and provide solutions that meet new challenges with confidence and agility.  
We are a “green” company sponsoring the Global Cooling Network, a 501c (3) organization dedicated to preserving our nation’s forests and preserving the environment.

Core Values


Performance and Integrity


As part of our engagements, we create a culture of performance and accountability, resulting in superior integrity, client delivery, and execution excellence. We provide the opportunity for our clients to envision new solutions knowing we will be there every step of the way fueling their success.



Our Team- We value our talented staff, embracing their expertise within a family-like atmosphere.

Our Clients- We are proud to assist our customers by providing solutions that will help them change the world.

Our Partners- We are pleased to have fostered long-term relationships with world-class companies.

Technology and Information Systems


We pride ourselves on staying at the forefront of the ever-changing technology and information system environment.  We help you harness the power of technology, simplifying information so you can make informed business decisions. Our solutions have helped achieve results for global projects by increasing access to critical information for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Geological Survey (USGS), and the Department of Defense (DoD) among others.

Corporate Citizenship


As a green company – Innovate! Inc. takes health and environmental issues to heart. We sponsor a 501c (3) organization, the Global Cooling Network, that works to preserve forested land in its natural undeveloped state. We design, develop, and implement systems and processes to monitor environmental risks. We also bring a global, analytical perspective to large-scale threats to human health.




Lily Thomas



Phill Thomas

Chief Executive Officer


Denise Economy

Chief of Staff


Richard Stengard

Chief Growth Officer


Brian Morris

Director of Delivery

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Stacey Whitaker

Director of Product Delivery


Michael Blair

Senior IT/GIS Project Manager, Strategist & Architect


Larry Spackman

Manager, Technology and Innovation


Daniel Spinosa

Senior Manager Geospatial/IT Development


Eric Baptist

Senior Manager of Technology



We develop partnerships, not projects.  

Innovate! Inc. is proud to serve both public and private sector organizations.  We provide solutions for Federal, State and Local Government agencies, tribal organizations, and private companies. Our dedication to client satisfaction and successful history of on-time, on-budget delivery has resulted in enduring, decades-long relationships.



Federal Agencies


Federal departments and agencies are undergoing significant transformation 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 re-engineer many functions.


Innovate!, Inc. 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 and Tribal Governments


State and local governments are critical to our everyday lives and deal with a wide range of competing priorities. Innovate! Inc. helps turn challenges into opportunities, ensuring these governments receive relevant and scaleable solutions. 


Private Industry

Corporate clients have unique needs as their businesses grow and evolve. We help clients harness the power of technology, simplifying information so they can make informed business decisions. Our team solves their needs today while building the foundation for the future.


Non Profits


As a green company, we take health and environmental issues to heart. Our team works with non-profits to envision new solutions, knowing we will be there every step of the way fueling their success.


Higher Education

Our educational clients need consolidated data to support a holistic and detailed view of students and prospects and a single version of data truth for analytics and dashboards. We work to unify constituent data and deliver a personalized experience at scale across the entire education journey.

Our Awards


As a result of Innovate! Inc.’s culture and employee-led performance, we have received numerous awards including, but not limited to:

  • 2022 Esri Partner Conference High Potential

  • 2020 Esri Federal Small Business Specialty Collaboration Partner

  • 2018 Esri Federal Small Business Specialty Innovation Partner

  • 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


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