President, Sunlight Foundation
Chris Gates is president of the Sunlight Foundation, an international organization based in Washington, DC that uses the tools of open data, civic tech, policy analysis and original reporting to promote transparency and accountability in both government and politics. Gates previously served as the executive director of PACE, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations that serves as a learning collaborative for funders doing work in the fields of civic engagement and democratic practice. Prior to his role at PACE Gates served for over a decade as the president of the National Civic League, the nation's oldest good government organization, founded by Teddy Roosevelt in 1894. Gates sits on the board of Public Agenda, a New York based research organization, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He received his Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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