Katya Abazajian

Open Cities Director

Katya is the director of Sunlight’s Open Cities team. She directs the team’s work sharing best practices on open data policy and practice across the What Works Cities network to bring the benefits of local government data to communities. As a primary author on Sunlight’s Tactical Data Engagement framework, she leads Sunlight’s city pilots and research around innovative community-driven approaches to transparency and accountability through tech and open data.

Prior to joining Sunlight, Katya worked at the Urban Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C. She provided technical assistance to Promise Neighborhoods, helped manage a national peer network of neighborhood data intermediaries, and conducted local-level data analysis on housing and community development.

Katya graduated with a dual B.A. in economics and math from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. While at CMC, she conducted research on municipal best practices and redistricting reform at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. Katya was born and raised in Houston, Texas. You can reach her at