Mayor's Office of Innovation

The Mayor’s Office of Innovation is leading the City’s efforts to provide insight to the public and City leaders, improve the way government operates and innovate so that Houston continues to grow as a world-class city.

Smart City Initiatives


The City of Houston is using data and emerging tech to improve the quality of life for citizens, share information with the public, drive economic growth, and build a more inclusive society.


Open Data


There is a growing movement across the country to share the ever-increasing amount of data governments generate to increase transparency and provide citizens, businesses and researchers with information they can use to develop innovative solutions for the public good. In 2015, the City adopted an Open Data policy to support these efforts. To date, the City of Houston has published over 200 datasets to the Open Data Portal and catalogued more than 1,200 datasets in this effort.


About Us


The goal of the Mayor’s Office of Innovation is to create lasting and substantial improvements in the way the City operates.

Our core values are:

  1. Insight – Utilize data and facts to guide business decisions
  2. Improvement – Collaborate with City departments to do business more efficiently
  3. Innovation – Identify new, inventive ways to solve City challenges

Jesse Bounds, Director of Innovation (832) 393-9095

Jesse BoundsJesse leads the Mayor’s Office of Innovation that is helping modernize the way the City serves its people. Prior to his current role, Jesse served in various capacities for the City’s executive office, as an Operations Analyst and Assistant Chief of Staff to Mayor Bill White, and more recently as a Liaison to Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ) in Mayor Parker’s Office of Economic Development. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and led many successful projects across the City result in measurable increases in service quality and efficiency. Jesse received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the University of St. Thomas. In his free time, he enjoys running and spending time with his wife, Gloria and their two sons.

Nate Thompson, Innovation Advisor (832) 393-8803

Nate ThompsonNate works with the Innovation team on a variety of projects aimed at helping the city use data and emerging technologies to better serve its citizens. Leading up to his current role, Nate served as an Implementation Specialist with the Houston Astros, responsible for the end-to-end management and communication of external & internal projects for technology solutions. Prior to joining the Astros, Nate worked with the Cleveland Indians where he was responsible for managing, researching and implementing emerging technologies that supported organizational efforts to improve customer experiences and internal operations. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BBA in Marketing and earned an MBA from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL. In his free time, Nate enjoys exploring the multitude of culinary, sports & entertainment events Houston has to offer.