Civic Technology and Information Policy Analyst
Rebecca Williams is an expert in government data and technology policy. She has worked at all jurisdiction levels, inside and outside of government, as a civil servant, consultant, and advocate at Harvard, the Sunlight Foundation, the White House (twice), and more. Committed to her continuous learning and everyone's, she has hosted online and offline groups in her spare time to discuss issues betwixt civics and technology with Civic Tech Book Club and DC Legal Hackers. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law. She has won numerous legal tech awards, including American Bar Association's first 10 Women to Watch in Legal Tech.
She would like to see modern tools–with all their capabilities–used in the service of justice and democracy and speaks about how that is too often not the case in niche and broad ways on Twitter and elsewhere. She is the daughter of a psychologist and tax attorney from a struggling "most dangerous city" who understands all the bottom lines.
According to her father, she is a true millennial. Whether she is or not, she can faithfully attest to what she sees as fundamental generational pressures and trends. She sees the world in power struggles, trajectories, and people talking past each other. She believes in art, balance, cutting out what doesn't work, density, diversity, and humor. She wants to ask you about the latest thing you enjoyed and why over a coffee, tea, or a drink to better understand you, herself, and the world.