Judi Brown

Partner & Chief Impact Officer

CivicMakers, LLC


Judi Brown is a creative systems thinker and human-centered design practitioner who brings over 10 years of experience in applied innovation methodologies with social enterprises, nonprofits, and local governments to her practice. Her work is grounded in multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approaches with a lens toward equity and inclusion. She has managed change initiatives for large, medium, and small organizations; facilitated a variety of convenings; and led the development of trainings that apply human-centered design to community engagement, strategic planning, and change management.

Judi co-founded CivicMakers, a San Francisco-based strategic consulting firm, out of the need to bridge knowledge, communications and cultural gaps between technology projects and public service delivery. The firm works to understand the human side of technology, to minimize negative impacts of change within large organizations and surface policies, processes or procedures that can be improved alongside digital modernization efforts. Since its founding in 2015, CivicMakers has helped over a dozen government agencies and municipalities improve programs and services, increase engagement and build capacity.

Prior to CivicMakers, Judi worked as a Design Strategist with Collective Invention, a social innovation firm working primarily in education and community development. She honed her applied design thinking and public involvement skills while working on survey development and evaluation services for Zawadisha, a micro-lending fund benefitting women entrepreneurs in Kenya. She also taught the MPA Capstone class at Presidio Graduate School where she earned a Master’s degree in Sustainable Public Administration and Policy. She loves practicing her empathic listening in the unlikeliest of places – ask her more about this if you’re interested!

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