Maryiam Saifuddin

Open Cities Fellow

Maryiam Saifuddin is an Open Cities Fellow at the Sunlight Foundation working to show that cities can be smart and transparent.

She is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, studying program evaluation and social policy. She bridges her passion for community-based programming and her skills in data analysis. She has experience developing place-based programmatic interventions and is interested in how best practices from locally driven projects can be disseminated through state and national networks.

Prior to joining the Sunlight team, Maryiam worked as a Policy and Strategy Intern for Community Organizing and Family Issues where she used data to set priorities for both city- and state-wide community-organizing expansion. She is also an AmeriCorps VISTA alum, and during her service she developed a public-health engagement strategy for the Houston Food Bank. In addition, Maryiam initiated the Food Prescription program and Food Scholarship program, supported the development of a food-bank Nutrition Policy, and collaborated with Children at Risk to host the inaugural Houston Food Bank Academic Round Table, bringing Texas-based researchers together to determine the social, economic, and health indicators needed to measure the impact of hunger interventions.

In addition to her professional interests, Maryiam is an avid reader and is learning Persian. A recent accomplishment is climbing to the 9,600-foot summit of the treacherous “mountain of fire” Merapi Volcano in Yogyajakrta, Indonesia.