My Gov 2.0 Hero: Luke Fretwell

Luke FretwellOne of the first people that came to mind as a Gov 2.0 Hero doesn’t even work for the government.

With this said, this individual has had a profound impact on government through his immense drive and passion to make the government a better place. Luke Fretwell is the creator of GovFresh, which has become a very important resource for agencies and citizens interested in how technology is reshaping government of all levels. Luke recognizes individuals making their mark in government as Gov 2.0 Heroes, but I think it’s time that his efforts get recognized. Luke, thank you for being a real Gov 2.0 Hero, and inspiring me to press forward no matter how difficult the challenge may be.

Dustin Haisler is Director of Government Innovation at Spigit. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @dustinhaisler.


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