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Katya is an advocate, researcher, and writer helping communities and governments use data and technology build more just, equitable, open cities.

Most recently, she led the Open Cities team at the Sunlight Foundation, where she led efforts to pass open data policies in over 100 cities and develop new methods for community engagement with open data. Previously, she was a community development policy researcher at the Urban Institute and conducted research on municipal governance at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.