Katya is a Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University where they lead state and local work on open data and civic technology. They are a senior advisor of the Opportunity Project for Cities and the State Chief Data Officers Network's Data Labs Program. Katya is the author of Civic Source, a newsletter about how local governments use data and technology to make decisions that shape communities beneath the surface.
Previous to their work at the Beeck Center, Katya conducted independent research on open government and data governance with organizations like Development Gateway and January Advisors, including conducting research for the Mozilla Foundation's Data for Empowerment series. As the Director of the Sunlight Foundation’s Open Cities program, they led work in over 65 cities on transparency in smart cities initiatives, open contracting, and open data policy as a partner of the What Works Cities Initiative. Katya is also an organizer, community researcher, and writer based in Houston, Texas.