Katya Abazajian

Open Cities Director

Katya is the director of Sunlight’s Open Cities team. In this role, she researches best practices on government innovation and provides technical assistance to What Works Cities crafting open data policies and programs. Katya’s work at Sunlight includes building the public body of knowledge around Tactical Data Engagement and other community-driven approaches to transparency and accountability through 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 community development and neighborhood well-being.

Katya graduated with a 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