Luke Fretwell is co-founder and CEO of ProudCity, a platform empowering communities across the nation to deliver digital services. Government Technology recognized ProudCity as one of the nation’s leading civic technology companies on its GovTech 100 list for the past six years.
Luke worked as a journalist for many years, writing for TechCrunch, Government Technology, FCW, FedScoop and StateScoop. He has been cited as a reference by media outlets, including The Washington Post.
Luke helped stand up the editorial and digital operations for FedScoop and StateScoop and led product marketing for the open data platform company NuCivic (acquired in 2014).
In 2009, he started GovFresh, where he writes about the intersection of civics and technology. He is the host of The Government We Need, a GovFresh podcast exploring the government of the future and how it can best serve everyone.
In 2014, he founded Agile Government Leadership (AGL) as a community project that brought awareness to open and agile methodologies for better digital service delivery by government. AGL is now Technologists for the Public Good.
In 2019, Luke served as product designer for Alpha team, a short-term innovation project by the State of California to re-imagine CA.gov. He also worked with the state on Code California, aimed at helping to create open source software awareness inside government.
Luke graduated from George Mason University (GMU) with degrees in Government & Politics and International Studies. He was editor-in-chief of the GMU newspaper, The Broadside, where he led staff to win the university’s first national Associated Collegiate Press honors.