Lawrence Grodeska

Lawrence Grodeska

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

Lawrence Grodeska is a maker, communicator and civic geek who uses technology to help civic leaders in the public and private sector engage key audiences.

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, Personal Democracy Forum, Code for America Summit and the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Lawrence lives in San Francisco, where he composts compulsively and writes happy-go-lucky songs about bicycles, numbers and unicorns. His musical PSA for San Francisco’s best bicycle route, the Wiggle, has been viewed over 15397,000 times.

Education, Awards + Certifications

BS, Biology | Rutgers University, 1996
Planning & Techniques for Effective Public Participation Certification | IAP2
Eagle Scout | Boy Scouts of America


Director of Board, We Vote

Select Projects

City of Fremont, Smart City Action Plan, Project Director
City of San Francisco, Civic User Testing Group, Project Director
City of San Francisco, Startup In Residence Program, Project Director
City of San Rafael, Innovation Change Management, Project Director
State of California, Innovation Knowledge Sharing Community, Project Director

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