Colleen Pulawski (she/her) is a Researcher for the Digital Service Network and Intergovernmental Software Collaborative at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University, responsible for publishing actionable insights for government practitioners working on digital transformation and software development.
Colleen comes to Beeck from the local government innovation space where she conducted research and managed programs for i-teams in Denver, Boston, and most recently, Minneapolis. In 2017, she co-founded Free Machine, a nonprofit collective of thinkers and doers straddling the borders of emerging technology, public policy, and creative practice. Free Machine has developed creative programming for Institute for the Future, US Conference of Mayors, SXSW x Civio I/O, The San Francisco Public Library, Manny’s SF, ACE Hotel, 4S, and more.
Colleen is passionate about generating actionable and rigorous research and helping close the research-to-practice gap faced by policymakers and government practitioners.
Colleen holds a Master in Public Policy from the UC Berkeley and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.