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Lawrence Grodeska

Co-founder & Partner
San Francisco, CA

Lawrence (he/him) 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, a strategic consultancy and community of practitioners that believes in the power of inclusive, collaborative design.

Lawrence helps residents, communities, governments and businesses 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 streamline municipal licensing and permitting.

Lawrence thrives on bringing people together to make better decisions and collaborate more effectively through thoughtfully facilitated events and convenings. He has hosted dozens of 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 the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and son, where he composts compulsively, watches birds 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 20,000 times.

Lawrence Grodeska

Co-founder & Partner
San Francisco, CA

Education, Awards + Certifications

  • BS, Biology | Rutgers University, 1996
  • Planning & Techniques for Effective Public Participation Certification | IAP2
  • Eagle Scout | Boy Scouts of America
  • Introduction to Nonviolent Communication | Bay Area Nonviolent Communication


Select Projects

  • City of San Francisco, Startup In Residence Program, Project Director
  • City of Mountain View, Strategic Plan, Project Director
  • City of Hayward, Strategic Plan, Project Director
  • City of San Jose, Charter Review Commission, Lead Consultant & Facilitator
  • San Francisco Water Emergency Transportation Authority, Service Visioning & Business Planning, Project Director
  • City of Fremont, Smart City Action Plan, Project Director
  • City of West Sacramento, Council Strategic Planning Retreat, Project Director & Lead Facilitator