Judi Brown

Judi Brown

Co-founder & Chief Impact Officer
  • San Francisco, CA

Judi Brown is a creative systems thinker and human-centered design practitioner with a penchant for civic technology and radically inclusive, participatory governance structures.

As Co-founder and Chief Impact Officer, Judi brings over 10 years of experience in applied innovation methodologies with social enterprises, nonprofits, and local governments to the practice. Her work is grounded in multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approaches with a lens toward equity and inclusion. She has managed change initiatives for large, medium and small organizations; facilitated a variety of convenings for public and private sector clients; and led the development of Public Impact Design.

Prior to CivicMakers, Judi worked as a Design Strategist with Collective Invention, a social innovation firm working primarily in education and community development. She honed her applied design thinking and public involvement skills while working on survey development and evaluation services for Zawadisha, a micro-lending fund benefitting female entrepreneurs in Kenya. Judi also taught the MPA Capstone class at Presidio Graduate School where she earned a master’s in sustainable public administration and policy.

When she’s not geeking out about shifting paradigms, Judi can most likely be found on her bicycle, meandering the streets of her beloved adopted city of San Francisco. She also loves making playlists and indulging in her newfound meditation practice.


MPA, Sustainable Management | Presidio Graduate School, San Francisco, 2013

Dual BA, Political Science and Gender Studies | University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2007


Board of Directors, OUT for Sustainability

Select Projects

City of San Rafael, Innovation Change Management, Project Manager
City of San Francisco, Startup in Residence ProgramLearning & Evaluation Lead
State of California, Innovation Knowledge Sharing Community, Research & Facilitation

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