Luke Fretwell

Lafayette, CA

About Luke Fretwell

Luke grew up and worked in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for most of his life until heading west to San Francisco in 2000 to scratch his Silicon Valley itch.

For the past 15 years, he has helped startups and early-stage businesses find their footing and grow into successful entrepreneurial ventures. During the dot-com bust, he 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, he led re-branding, front-end design and product development, helping the new startup pivot into what is now a thriving platform of health and wellness communities.

In May 2009, Luke founded GovFresh, a website focused on technology in government. Called the “TechCrunch of Gov 2.0,” GovFresh has been referenced in Fast Company,MashableThe White House BlogHuffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, TechPresident, among others, and has a great list of civic accomplishments.

In 2011 Luke organized SFOpen, San Francisco’s first mayoral debate on technology and open government.

Other civic technology related initiatives he’s been part of include CityCampCivicMeet,OpenGov West and more.

During college, as managing editor and editor-in-chief of George Mason University’s student newspaper, Broadside, Luke led the paper to win its first Associated Collegiate Press honors. He received GMU’s Student Leadership Award for his work and graduated with degrees in International Relations and Government & Politics.

Over the years, Luke has volunteered for great organizations such as Pathways Hospice,International Rescue Committee826 Valencia and a number of other international and local nonprofit organizations.


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FedScoop: ‘How the federal government is using IT to lower costs’

By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Government, Press, Procurement|Tags: , |

CivicActions Director of Professional Services Elizabeth Raley moderated the agile panel at FedScoop’s 8th annual Lowering the Cost of Government with IT Summit.

Government Technology: ‘4 Roadblocks to Agile Development and How to Overcome Them’

By | November 24th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Press|Tags: |

CivicActions was featured on Nov 17, 2014 of Government Technology where Bill Haight and Elizabeth Raley discussed agile and waterfall methodologies, relationships in government, and the Agile Government Leadership.

Federal Times: ‘Say goodbye to 100 page RFPs – 18F found another way’

By | July 30th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Press|Tags: |

CivicActions was featured on July 27, 2015 of Federal Times that features how 18F is leading a new industry standard Agile BPA for federal procurement by abandoning the traditional RFP process.

Fedscoop: ‘Behind the scenes of 18F’s agile contract’

By | July 17th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Press|Tags: , |

CivicActions was featured on July 15, 2015 of Fedscoop that features the General Services Administration's 18F Agile Delivery Services Blanket Purchase Agreement.

FCW: ‘One company shows how it is embracing agile’

By | July 15th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Press|Tags: |

CivicActions was featured in the July 30, 2015 print issue of Federal Computer Week related to our work around the General Services Administration and 18F open request for quotation for a new federal marketplace for agile delivery services.

FCW: ‘Is government ready for agile?’

By | February 20th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Press|Tags: , , |

CivicActions was featured on Feb 13, 2015 of Federal Computer Week that discusses the U.S. Digital Services Playbook, 18F's open-source policy, and the Agile Government Handbook.

NextGov: ‘This is What Agile Development Should Look Like in the Federal Government’

By | February 16th, 2015|Categories: Agile, Agile Government Leadership, Press|Tags: |

CivicActions was featured on Feb 9, 2015 of NextGov that discusses The Agile Government Leadership and launch of the Agile Government Handbook.