Innovation Works continues to expand with four new hires

IW expands reach and impact with new managers for Enterprise Development, Neighborhood Strategy and Mentor Network
By: Innovation Works
BALTIMORE - March 11, 2022 - PRLog -- Innovation Works (IW), a Baltimore resource network building sustainable neighborhood economies by connecting under-resourced entrepreneurs to social innovation assets and investors, announced four new hires who will help the organization expand the breadth and depth of its impact.

Kelsey Jones is IW's new Manager of Enterprise Development: Programs, Lamontre Randall is the new Neighborhood Strategy Manager, John Springer is the new Mentor Network Manager and Dan Stokes is the new Manager of Enterprise Development: Pipeline.

"The success of the social entrepreneurs IW supports enables us to continue to grow," said IW President and CEO Jay Nwachu. "The addition of these four talented professionals will enable us to mentor and support more social entrepreneurs who are working to enrich their Baltimore communities."

As the new Manager of Enterprise Development: Programs, Jones will manage all IW programs, including the four-day Boost Program, the six-month Accelerator, and any entrepreneurial support programming. Jones will also provide technical support, and pre-investment support to Ignite Capital candidates.

As the Neighborhood Strategy Manager, Randall will ensure IW supports, amplifies, and connects Baltimore's most economically distressed neighborhoods to the city's innovation ecosystem.

Springer has been a mentor in the IW Mentor Network since May 2021 and now joins the IW team as the Mentor Network Manager. In this role, Springer oversees and manages all aspects of IW's Mentor Network – a growing, diverse network of business and civic leaders who support burgeoning social entrepreneurs.

As the new Manager of Enterprise Development: Pipeline, Stokes will manage all aspects of IW's five-stage Social Entrepreneur Development Pipeline and develop strategies and programs that bolster the continued growth and success of the entrepreneurs' businesses.

All four share IW's goal to reduce the racial wealth divide in Baltimore City by supporting successful, sustainable social enterprises that provide an economic foundation to strengthen communities working to overcome generations of disinvestment.

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About Innovation Works

The mission of Innovation Works (IW) is to reduce Baltimore's neighborhood and racial wealth divide by teaching and accompanying members of disinvested communities to build and own successful social enterprises that create sustainable neighborhood economies and result in better family living, more resilient communities, and a safer, more vibrant city. More at

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