I work to empower passionate people to solve big problems.
I play to inspire and innovate.
I aim to change the world. Starting here.
Long story short (in bio form — please pardon the third person):
Grace Rodriguez specializes in fostering social innovation and developing participative communities through behavior-driven strategies that integrate new technologies and design-thinking. Grace serves the City of Houston as a founding board member of the Mayor’s Innovation & Technology Advisory Board, and as co-founder/co-producer of C2 Creative, CoHouston, and TEDxHouston. For her work, Grace has received several honors, including the Texas Statesman Social Media Award, the PRISM Pegasus Award for “Destination Houston” (Producer), and “Best New Magazine” for Rice Addict (Editor).
Legend has it that Grace’s superpower is asking good questions. She definitely asks a lot of them. Grace is an expert at extracting a brand’s vision and values and communicating them elegantly, succinctly, and effectively. She frequently talks about it — and about leadership, design thinking, and community strategies — at events like TEDx@TEDActive, TEDxSugarLand, HiMA Interactive Strategies Conference, and Texas Conference for Women. She also leads branding, technology, and communications workshops for non-profit organizations and academic institutions around the country.
Passionate about giving back, Grace has served on the Boards of Directors and continues to volunteer for local and national arts, community, economic development, and social justice organizations. Grace advocates for stronger integrative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programs; for innovation, inclusion, and empowerment of individuals and communities through open platforms; and for social justice.
Grace was selected as a Google Glass Explorer; and is currently planning to circle the globe to document life on the other side of the Digital Divide. If you’d like to participate in some way, please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.