I work to empower passionate people to solve big problems.
I play to inspire, innovate, engage, and enjoy.
I aim to leave the world a better place than I found it.
Grace Rodriguez specializes in fostering social innovation and developing participative communities for cities and startups. She crafts behavior-driven strategies that integrate technology with design-thinking to create meaningful branding and engagement. Grace “walks the talk” by serving as:
- Creative Director for TED‘s TEDActive program
- Founding board member of the City of Houston’s Innovation & Technology Advisory Board
- Co-Founder and President of C2 Create
- Co-Curator of COHouston, TEDxHouston, and TEDxYouth@Houston
- Innovator-In-Residence at The Company Of Others
For her creative work, Grace has been honored with awards including the Texas Statesman Social Media Award, the PRISM Pegasus Award for “Destination Houston” (Producer), “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 keen on extracting visions and values and communicating them elegantly and effectively. She frequently talks about that process — and about leadership, design thinking, data-driven decision-making, and community strategies — at events like SXSW, TEDx@TEDActive, TEDxSugarLand, TechStreet, 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.