Shaw is a researcher, writer, and advocate with a passion for state and local government. Prior to coming to GovEx, she spent several years leading state and local policy work at the Sunlight Foundation where she supported the development of open data policies as well as other initiatives aimed at increasing public access and involvement. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and has written on municipal civic technology, data publication, privacy, and the implications of state and local policy shifts for political outcomes. Emily has worked for a range of governance-focused organizations including the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Global Integrity, and mySociety. Although she now works primarily on US subnational government, Emily originally focused on the countries of the former Yugoslavia, from which she feels she learned some important lessons about the interaction of policy and politics.