In 2014, Centennial was selected as one of 12 U.S. cities to participate in the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Team program, which aims to improve the capacity of cities to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve citizens’ lives. Innovation teams function as in-house innovation consultants, moving from one City priority to the next. Using Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested Innovation Delivery approach, i-teams help agency leaders and staff through a data-driven process to assess problems, generate responsive new interventions, develop partnerships, and deliver measurable results.

Meet the Team

Melanie MorganMelanie Morgan is the Innovation Team Data Analyst with the statistical expertise to manage the data-driven approach to solving local and regional challenges. Melanie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from Tulane University and recently completed her Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. During her graduate studies, she worked as an intern at Renaissance Planning Group, a transportation and land use planning consulting firm, where she conducted GIS analysis, forecasted population and employment growth, and investigated how light rail stations impact demographic change.





Paul GuntherPaul Gunther brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to his role as the UI/UX Designer for the Innovation Team. Paul served as a digital fellow for Cory Booker’s Senate campaign in New Jersey and later worked for early-stage startup companies as a marketing, sales, and customer service specialist. Coupling his qualitative research experience with his design abilities, he joined the i-team with a generalist UX Design mindset and an eye toward enhancing user satisfaction across different initiatives. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies and Production from the University of Denver.

Bailey LittleBailey Little is Project Coordinator with the skills to mobilize energy around innovation that drives change. Bailey previously worked at Englewood Schools as an Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent and the Learning Services Department. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Kelsey McAuliff is the Innovation Team Analyst and brings a multidisciplinary background in the Sciences and Engineering to address local challenges and support innovative decision-making at the City of Centennial. Kelsey has prior experience working in environmental analysis, performance metrics, quality assurance and regulatory consulting in the United States and Canada. Kelsey earned her Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Vermont. 

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