- Started civic technology news site GovFresh
- Co-host FedOSS, a weekly podcast on open source in the federal government
- Write about civic technology at GovFresh, federal government IT at FedScoop and state government IT at StateScoop.
- Founded CivicMeet, which has been adopted in in San Francisco, Vancouver, Sacramento and Palo Alto, Ca.
- Organized San Francisco’s first mayoral debate on open government and led efforts to get candidates in SF, Oakland and Honolulu to sign open government declarations.
- Created CityCamp ‘open brand’ that has been adopted worldwide
- Led health and wellness social network Inspire.com re-branding, front-end design and product development
- Work has been cited in Mashable, Fast Company, TechCrunch, TechMeme, GigaOm, the White House Blog, Huffington Post, TechPresident, San Francisco Chronicle
I grew up and worked in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for most of my life until I headed west to San Francisco in 2000 to scratch my Silicon Valley itch. I’ve been here ever since.
In May 2009, I founded GovFresh, a website focused on technology in government. Called the “TechCrunch of Gov 2.0,” GovFresh has been referenced in Fast Company, Mashable, The White House Blog, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, TechPresident, among others, and has a great list of civic accomplishments.
During the dot-com bust, I was part of a small team that turned around a fledgling startup that now has annual sales of more than $80 million.
At the health and wellness social network Inspire.com, I led re-branding, front-end design and product development, helping the nascent startup pivot into what is now a thriving platform of health and wellness communities.
As managing editor and editor-in-chief of George Mason University’s student newspaper, Broadside, I led the paper to win its first Associated Collegiate Press honors. I received GMU’s Student Leadership Award for my work and graduated with degrees in International Relations and Government & Politics.
- Phone: 415.722.8678
- Email: luke at lukefretwell dot com