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.