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Niles Friedman

CivStart Board Chair

Exec. Advisor, Star Insights

Niles Friedman specializes in the creation and growth of businesses, divisions, and core functions within organizations. He’s built an adaptable approach to strategically collaborate across sectors, industries, and geographies through his work with c-suite executives, startup founders, public-sector administrators, boards, and nonprofit leaders. He is a Founding Executive Advisor with Star Insights, a strategic advisory firm based in Los Angeles.

Over the last 15 years Niles has emphasized public sector innovation and digital transformation across the U.S. federal government, State of California, Los Angeles County, numerous cities, and international health ministries.

Niles recently served as a Strategic Advisor to the CEO’s Office for Los Angeles County. He collaborated with the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish their first Office of Innovation focused on improving the delivery of services for Californians. During the Obama Administration, he served the U.S. Small Business Administration and managed a board of 50 small business executives around key priority areas of building market capital, creating local entrepreneurial ecosystems, and addressing regulatory barriers to business growth.

Niles’ passion for social impact work took shape 15 years ago with BroadReach Corporation, where he helped to grow the international development start-up as Vice President of Commercial Market Development. His career started in management consulting partnering with healthcare industry executives and leading new product and business development teams.

Niles serves on multiple nonprofit advisory boards that prioritize civic technology, public health, accelerating start-ups, and STEM career advancement.

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