The scoop on GovFresh

Since May 1, 2009, I’ve dedicated a great deal of time and energy to GovFresh to the point it’s become a passion that has consumed me. I’ve managed to find meaning in work that matters to me.

After the euphoria of manor.govfresh, the citizen in me became even more excited about changing the way government works, but before jumping back into the thick of things, the entrepreneur in me needed to find a more sustainable way to build on GovFresh’s organic growth and momentum.

I’ve talked with many of you over the past 6 weeks about how best to pursue my civic passions and make GovFresh sustainable while maintaining its independent spirit. It’s been a challenge operating in a vacuum, especially when you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and you’re focused on an industry based 3,000 miles away in Washington, DC.

Since GovFresh’s inception, Goldy Kamali of FedScoop and I have collaborated behind the scenes on ideas while exploring opportunities on how to work together. Since September 2009, we’ve talked about working together when she came to San Francisco, and we spent the day talking through options. Goldy and I have strengths that complement one another and have always gelled on the evolution of new media and government.

Beginning immediately, I’ll work with Goldy and the FedScoop team on leading editorial and creative areas for FedScoop. I’ll focus on federal government themes such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, open government and other tech-related areas. This is new territory for FedScoop and myself, so it’ll be an evolutionary process.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet with the FedScoop team and, to quote Goldy herself, I think her and the FedScoop team are ‘fabu.’

What all of this means for GovFresh is that I’ll have more time to focus on my civic passions: open government, open data, open source and innovation at the municipal level. GovFresh will continue to address issues it has in the past, but do so at a more moderate pace. Just as I did with sf.govfresh and manor.govfresh, Goldy and I have discussed exciting event ideas we’ll share with you in the future.

If you want to connect with me directly, have story ideas for FedScoop or GovFresh, want to guest-blog for either or both, please contact me at You can also follow FedScoop on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks to all of you for working with me, sharing ideas, helping navigate best options, wanting to see GovFresh grow and genuinely caring about the future of GovFresh and what I personally pursue.

About Luke Fretwell

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh, co-founder/CEO of ProudCity and co-host of the podcast, The Government We Need. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn or email at

9 Responses

  1. Congrats, Luke! Great to see you in a position that will allow you to professionally pursue your passion for better government and civic participation. Congrats to Goldy and FedScoop as well.

  2. Congratulations Luke. It sounds like you – and Goldy – found the perfect solution and an excellent match. I’m really looking forward to see what this new team creates!

  3. This sounds fabulous for you, FedScoop and aspiring civic-oriented software developers out there. Oh, and let’s not forget the citizens that benefit from the technology.



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