Impacting the lives of millions by inspiring fresh possibilities in how the government does business.

Our role is essential and we don’t take it for granted. Our influence is greater than systems and practices–it’s about the people we serve. We never lose sight of that.

At Friends, we believe in teamwork and transparency. Our government partners are experts in their fields, and we do our best work when we exchange ideas.

Lauryn Hill quote about creatives


We’re creating a culture where everyone's ideas and voices are amplified.

We admire people who value the unique differences in others. People motivated to contribute their talents to the greater good. One of our core values is “Be inspired to inspire.” We want people who draw inspiration from the world around them.

At Friends, we believe perspective influences design, sparks inspiration, and challenges norms.

Proud supporter of HUGs, Historically Underrepresented Groups

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A multi-disciplinary team of creators

Lapedra Tolson

Lapedra Tolson

Founder and Principal
Tamara Tolson

Tamara Tolson

Erika Washburn

Erika Washburn

Product Manager
Allison Lu

Allison Lu

Sr. Front End Engineer


We’re seeking strategists, researchers, designers, developers, and data scientists interested in using their talents to impact the greater good. At Friends From The City, you’ll have autonomy to work a flexible schedule that suits your creative process. One of our most attractive benefits is we’re 100% remote.

Here’s a snapshot of what we offer:

401k + company match

18 Days Paid Leave

11 Federal Holidays

Health, Dental and Vision

Parental Leave

Fully Remote

MacBook Pro + Software

Education and Training Stipend

Flexible Schedule and autonomy

Pay Equity, because equality

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