Sonya Reynolds

Sonya Reynolds

Co-Chair PBNYC Citywide Committee, Data Director | PBNYC & NY Civic Engagement Table

Sonya Reynolds brings a decade of experience in social justice and progressive data, she oversees data and innovation at the NY Civic Engagement Table and started Colibrí Labs. Sonya strongly believes that the answer to everything is not to be data driven: data is the GPS and the driving should come from those doing the work on the ground.
She has served on the steering committees of both Progressive Hacknight and Participatory Budgeting NYC, is a member of the North American Participatory Budgeting Research Board, and is a Data Security and Privacy trainer for Justice Works Conference and NYC Stronger Communities, a project of Research Action Design (RAD), Mozilla Foundation, and New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA.)


Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Democracy should be about engaging every person in the community and while we have systemic inequality, we need to constantly be innovating to bridge the gap between those in power and those that are disenfranchised.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

Equity and inclusion at the forefront.