Building teams that combine passion and pragmatism to create lasting change has been the driving force in Kristine LaLonde’s career in politics, government, and teaching. In her role as Associate Dean of Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership & Public Service in Nashville, LaLonde works to ensure that the college’s classes, programs, and community-based work have strong positive impact on students, participants, and the common good. LaLonde launched the college’s master’s degree program in Leadership and Public Service and is currently directing its new undergraduate Urban Studies program. She teaches courses on municipal innovation, urban history and policy, and leadership. LaLonde previously served as the Co-Chief Innovation Officer of Nashville and Davidson County in the administration of Mayor Karl F. Dean. In that role, she supported creative people as they worked to solve community challenges. As a result of the work of the Office of Innovation, Nashville was named in the first cohort of the City Accelerator program, an initiative of Living Cities and Governing to “advance innovative efforts that improve the lives of low-income people and help cities run more Effectively.” LaLonde served as an elected member of Nashville’s Metropolitan Council, the legislative body for the city and surrounding county, representing a core urban neighborhood. She holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia, where she served on the Board of Visitors, the university’s governing board. In addition to her work at Lipscomb, she has taught at Howard University and Belmont University.