Lawrence Grodeska

Founder, CivicMakers

Lawrence Grodeska
Lawrence Grodeska is a creator, communicator, connector and futurist dedicated to the well-being of all crew members on Spaceship Earth. He is the founder of CivicMakers, an innovation studio using human-centered design and lean principles to solve pressing public challenges.

Lawrence helps citizens, communities, businesses and governments listen to and collaborate effectively with each other. He released the government of San Francisco‘s first mobile app based on open data, built the B2B content marketing program at, and launched Accela’s Contractor Central app to facilitate municipal licensing and permitting. He has hosted 20+ civic networking events and spoken at SXSW Interactive, SXSW Eco, Nonprofit Technology Conference, and Code for America Summit.

Lawrence lives in San Francisco, where he composts compulsively and writes happy-go-lucky songs about bicycles, numbers and unicorns.


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