I work to empower passionate people to solve big problems.
I play to inspire and innovate and engage and enjoy.
I aim to leave the world a little better than how I found it. Starting here.
Grace Rodriguez specializes in fostering social innovation and developing participative communities for cities and startups. She crafts behavior-driven strategies that integrate new technologies and design-thinking for better branding and engagement. Grace serves the City of Houston as a founding board member of the Mayor’s Innovation & Technology Advisory Board; as Co-Founder and President of C2 Create; and Co-Curator of COHouston, TEDxHouston, and TEDxYouth@Houston. 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 an expert at extracting a your vision and values and communicating them elegantly, succinctly, 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.
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: email@example.com.