Hi, I’m Katya.

I’m an advocate, researcher, and organizer working toward more open and just cities. My practice is multidisciplinary and collective. I believe that information is power.

I help governments and community organizations find meaningful uses for data and technology that center the rights of residents and their communities. I’m currently a Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation and previously directed the Open Cities program at the Sunlight Foundation. I’m an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

I’m a first-generation American with Colombian and Armenian heritage. I grew up in Clear Lake City, Texas and studied economics and math at Claremont McKenna College. My pronouns are she/her or they/them.

In 2021, I launched a newsletter called Civic Source. It’s about how local governments use data to shape communities in ways we might not see. Based on my personal experiences working with local governments on open data and civic tech projects, Civic Source highlights the gaps in the design and governance of public data and tech systems that matter to everyday people