Leading agencies through digital transformations is our favorite thing, but understanding people is where we shine brightest.
We are creating a culture that amplifies everyone's ideas and voices. We admire people who value the unique differences in others–people motivated to make a positive impact in the world.
At Friends, we know perspective influences design, sparks inspiration, and challenges norms. We’re proud to support Historically Underrepresented Groups (H.U.G.S).
We believe good manners are developed in-house. At Friends, we maintain an internal culture of consideration and mutual respect. We bring kindness to every client interaction.
We encourage people to share what they know and then be a light to others.
We have a learning culture at Friends. We prioritize professional growth, which increases confidence and provides added value for our clients.
The word “no” means closed doors and missed opportunities. At Friends, we seek the potential in every situation. We lead with “yes” as often as we can.
We gain new insights when we approach every interaction with an open mind. Being open to other points of view creates empathy and helps us see the world with fresh eyes.
We operate in the open. Being transparent eliminates confusion and ambiguity, saves time, and strengthens trust.
We welcome everyone at Friends From The City. We’ve cultivated an environment where everyone is encouraged to show up as their authentic selves.
During her five years in the Air Force, Lapedra worked as a combat and base photographer. Upon leaving the Air Force, Lapedra began her career as a Visual Information Specialist at several federal agencies in Washington, DC. Using her unique background and education, she founded Friends From The City, a digital services company unlike any other in Civic Tech. Lapedra is a music lover and self-proclaimed foodie who enjoys traveling the world to experience other cultures through their cuisine.
Tamara Boyd Tolson, Co-Founder of Friends From The City, is a Denver, CO native and graduate of Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, GA) and Kingston University (London, England). Her experience in Corporate Communications, and Creative Project Management in the federal government, led her to reimagine how customer-focused technology could improve the public sector. Off the clock, Tamara enjoys hiking, building miniature replicas, and exploring new cuisines.