James Turk is the director of Sunlight Labs. Prior to becoming Labs Director, James was the lead on Sunlight's Open States and Open Civic Data projects, the core of Sunlight's state and municipal data offerings. He also led the satellite Sunlight office in Boston. On those projects, James and his team were responsible for scraping and standardizing data from all 50 state legislatures, D.C. and Puerto Rico and a variety of municipal governments. They published the data and provided detailed analysis on the workings of legislative bodies. James has been a part of Sunlight's team since 2007.
Prior to joining Sunlight, he also worked at Project Vote Smart in Phillipsburg, Montana. James holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology with minors in Political Science and Public Policy.