PublicInput Welcomes ArchiveSocial Founder Anil Chawla to Its Board of Directors

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

PublicInput, the leading provider of community engagement software to US state and local government agencies, today announced that Anil Chawla, the founder and former CEO of ArchiveSocial, will join the company’s board of directors. ArchiveSocial is the leading social media archiving software provider for the public sector and was acquired by CivicPlus in 2022. 

Chawla brings his extensive go-to-market experience and knowledge of the public sector to PublicInput, which raised its series A investment from Growth Street Partners in 2021. 

“Anil built and scaled a world-class go-to-market team at ArchiveSocial, and we’re eager to leverage his experience in our business,” PublicInput CEO, Jay Dawkins said. “Much of our growth to date has come from word-of-mouth and expansion within existing clients, and we believe Anil can help us reach new heights.”

Anil Chawla PublicInput

Chawla is an active contributor to the Triangle startup ecosystem and highlights the invitation to join the PublicInput board as a particularly compelling opportunity.

“I’m thrilled to support a local Triangle startup, especially one where the market, customer persona, and mission align so deeply with my experiences,” Chawla said. “PublicInput has a proven track record of helping public agencies engage residents to make better-informed decisions, and I am eager to help the company accelerate the positive impact it can make in communities around the country.”

About PublicInput

PublicInput was founded in 2014 by Raleigh entrepreneurs Jay Dawkins and Graham Stone, and today serves over 200 clients in 38 U.S. states and Canada. The company has deep roots in the triangle startup community, starting from an idea pitched at CityCamp Raleigh and incubated at Raleigh’s ThinkHouse live-in incubator.

The company provides a unified software platform for cities, counties, and state agencies to collect feedback and communicate with residents. The company’s mission is to connect government agencies with the communities they serve and facilitate equitable participation and representative decision-making. PublicInput is based in Raleigh, NC and is hiring. For more information, please visit

About Growth Street Partners

Growth Street Partners provides early growth capital to rapidly growing SaaS and technology-enabled services companies located in underserved U.S. markets. The firm partners with founders who have personally lived through the problems their businesses solve. Investments include Pear Deck, LineLeader, Visual Lease, Hotel Effectiveness, Suralink, HR Acuity, Govenda, PikMyKid, PublicInput, uConnect, goHappy, PSTrax, and ECFX. The firm has $200 million in assets under management across two funds (Fund I: $70M, Fund II: $130M). If you are a founder from industry looking to scale without losing control or are simply interested in more information, please visit or follow us on LinkedIn.

Related notes on the triangle startup scene

The triangle has been a hub for mission-driven startups serving the public sector. In addition to ArchiveSocial and PublicInput, the triangle is home to a growing ecosystem of startups and acquisitions including:

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