I help good people do great things.
I help great companies do good things.
I work to cultivate creativity and foster innovation.
I play to connect, inspire, enlighten and enjoy.
I aim to leave the world a better place than I found it.
I’ve worked towards that as:
- Creative Director for TED‘s TEDActive conference
- Founding member of the Mayor’s Innovation & Technology Advisory Board for the City of Houston
- Mentor for creative entrepreneurs, artists and technologists — currently advising at Houston Technology Center and Texas Medical Center Accelerator (TMC|X)
- Co-Founder of Women In Tech : Houston (WITHouston) and C2 Create
- Co-Curator of TEDxHouston and TEDxYouth@Houston
- Creative Juicer at Culture Pilot
- Director of Special Ops at DFJ Mercury (aka Mercury Fund)
- Community Liaison for Mayor Pro-Tem/Council Member Gordon Quan
Grace Rodriguez is a social architect who specializes in creating interactive events and environments for innovation. She blends design thinking with new technologies to create insightful strategies and engaging experiences that lead to novel opportunities.
Grace helps spread ideas and their impact as TED’s Creative Director for TEDActive. She serves the City of Houston as a founding board member of the Mayor’s Innovation & Technology Advisory Board, and as an advisor and mentor for the Houston Technology Center and the Texas Medical Center Accelerator (TMC|X). She serves her community as co-founder/co-producer of Women In Tech: Houston, C2 Create, COHouston, TEDxYouth@Houston and TEDxHouston; and as a board member and volunteer for numerous cultural initiatives and nonprofit organizations.
Following a path from psychology and design to marketing, from government and politics to social entrepreneurship, and from venture capital to branding and community development, Grace has earned real hands-on expertise in design thinking, organizational systems, and lean startup processes. She has been recognized for her work with honors including The Feast’s PAVE Fellowship, selection to SparkCamp, the Texas Statesman Social Media Award, the PRISM Pegasus Award for “Destination Houston” (Producer), “Best New Magazine” for Rice Addict (Editor), and invitations to speak at major conferences. She was selected as one of Google’s original Glass Explorers for her proposal on bridging the “Digital Divide.”
Grace is keen on extracting a brand’s vision and values and communicating them elegantly and effectively. Legend has it that her superpower is asking good questions. What she learns, she shares at workshops, events and academic institutions around the country, including SXSW, TEDActive, TEDxSugarLand, TechStreet Houston, HiMA Interactive Strategies Conference, Texas Conference for Women, New Leaders Council and Ignite Houston.
Grace is passionate about serving and supporting diverse communities, and has served on the boards of and volunteered for numerous arts, economic development, and service organizations. Grace advocates for stronger integrative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programs, especially in early education; for inclusion and empowerment of diverse individuals and communities through open platforms; and for innovative uses of science and technology to foster social equity.