Lapedra Tolson, Co-founder & Principal

Lapedra Tolson

Founder and Principal

Top-notch design and engineering belong in the federal government.

Founder and Principal, Lapedra (LP) Tolson received a B.A. in Broadcast Productions from North Carolina A&T State University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she enlisted in the United States Air Force. She served as a combat photographer, completing a tour in Iraq and garnered many awards for her striking imagery and exceptional airmanship. 

After separating from the military, she entered the federal workspace in Washington D.C. and began a career in design. During that time, she studied at the University of Baltimore, where she earned an M.A. in Publications Design. Looking for a change of pace, she moved to England and earned a second M.A. in Filmmaking from Kingston University in Kingston Upon Thames, England. After returning to Washington D.C., Lapedra continued building her career, working as a designer and researcher as a Federal employee and government contractor at DHS Intelligence & Analysis, The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (, and Agile Six Applications, Inc. 

In 2020, she combined her education and unique background and created Friends From The City, a digital design and tech agency unlike any currently within the civic tech space. 

Lapedra has earned a variety of recognition for her work throughout her career. In addition, she’s a music lover and self-proclaimed foodie who enjoys traveling the world to experience other cultures through their cuisine.

A sketch of Tamara Tolson's, Co-Founder, portrait

Tamara Tolson


Innovation and government are not mutually exclusive.

Tamara B. Tolson holds a B.A. in Communications from Oglethorpe University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Kingston University in Kingston Upon Thames, England. Specializing in Corporate Communications, Tamara previously held positions at WMATA HQ, AARP HQ, and USPS HQ in Washington, D.C. 

In her spare time she enjoys watching foreign horror films, baking and writing.

Tamara recently completed her first fiction novel.