Cincinnati needs more disruptive, innovative spaces to encourage innovation and creativity in government. Over the past decade, we have made great strides in modernizing and innovating our public services. However, we still have a long way to go. If our government does not continue to innovate, it becomes stagnant. And if we are stagnant, our government cannot serve everyone.


  • Creatively engage constituents to redesign public services to better serve them
  • Work with the Office of Performance & Data Analytics to revamp data collection
  • Emphasize qualitative data collection and surveys to create better services


  • Work with our start-up community to discover new opportunities for innovation
  • Encourage business owners and taxpayers to share ideas to improve government services
  • Host bi-annual innovation summits to promote public-private sector collaboration

Tamaya currently works at Design Impact — a nonprofit social innovation firm that helps organizations and municipalities to create inclusive and innovative approaches to complex social issues. Tamaya will bring divergent thinking to City Hall. She will hold city departments accountable for genuinely listening to constituents, conducting observations and prototyping and testing programs before they are scaled out. This will not only save tax dollars, but also enable our city to be competitive.

Read Tamaya’s latest op-ed: Reimagining innovation in local government

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