About

Luke Fretwell is an entrepreneur, writer and designer focused on civics, technology and innovation.

He is the founder of the popular civic technology blog GovFresh, called the “TechCrunch of Gov 2.0″ and named one of the “50 Must-Read Federal Government IT Blogs” by StateTech magazine.

For the past 15 years, he has helped startups and early-stage businesses find their footing and grow into successful entrepreneurial ventures. Recent companies he’s worked with include NuCivic, CivicActions and Inspire.com and others.

Civic projects he’s played key roles in include GovPress, the WordPress theme for government, and CityCamp, which was adopted by more than 20 cities worldwide.

His work has been referenced by Fast Company, Washington Post, Mashable, O’Reilly Radar, TechPresident, among others.

He graduated from George Mason University with degrees in international relations and government & politics. He also served as the editor-in-chief of the university’s student newspaper, Broadside, where, under his leadership, the paper received its first national Associated Collegiate Press awards.

He was born in Alabama, raised in Virginia and now lives in California.

Press

The Man from Google Who Came to Fix Federal IT Still Doesn’t Have His Own Website, NextGov

4 Cities Jumpstart Civic Tech Solutions with CityCamp, Government Technology

Picking up the open-gov torch, Federal Computer Weekly

A Guide for Making Innovation Offices Work, IBM Center for the Business of Government

With appointment after appointment, Google’s ideas are taking hold in D.C., The Washington Post

Interior gets green light for Drupal consolidation initiative, Federal Computer Weekly

Free the Data: The Debate Over APIs and Open Government, TechPresident

3 Cities Finding New Ways To Open Up Government With Technology, Fast Company

Civic Tech Forecast: 2014, Code for America

Data community asks Oakland Council candidates to sign ‘open government’ pledge, Oakland Local

San Francisco looks to tap into the open data economy, O’Reilly Radar

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Commit To Using Tech For Greater Transparency, TechPresident

Why the next SF mayor needs to understand open government, Huffington Post

Civic technology issues explode onto the SF scene, Gov 2.0 Radio

How CityCamp became an open source brand, opensource.com

Harnessing the Civic Surplus for Open Government, Huffington Post

How do we get government to share data?, O’Reilly Radar

Get Ready for Gov 2.0 Hero Day!, Federal News Radio

5 Ways Government Works Better With Social Media, Mashable

Growing the Gov 2.0 Movement, Gov 2.0 Radio

Keeping Gov 2.0 fresh, Steve Radick

GovLoop Member of the Week, GovLoop

Gov 2.0 Community Building, Gov 2.0 Radio

GovFresh, Sunlight Foundation