Hudson Hollister founded the Data Coalition in 2012 to serve as the leading industry advocacy group for open data in government. He has helped to craft landmark U.S. government data reforms, including the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) and the Financial Transparency Act. He received the FCW Federal 100 award in 2015 and was a Fastcase 50 winner in 2016.
Chief of Staff
Sarah Joy Hays began working with the Coalition as a consultant May of 2013. After a successful DT2013, she began full time work with the Coalition. Along side Hudson, Sarah Joy helped grow membership, cultivate the existing members, as well as coordinate the events and programs produced by the Data Coalition. Sarah Joy is a graduate of Louisiana State University and brings a background of non-profit management, conference planning, and development to her role as Chief of Staff. Sarah Joy Hays can be reached at email@example.com.
Jessica Yabsley is the Communications Director of the Data Coalition. She focuses on strategic outreach and all internal and external communications at the Coalition. Prior to joining the Coalition, Jessica worked for a boutique federal government affairs firm and completed a legislative fellowship with U.S. Congressional Office. Jessica is a graduate from the University of Sydney with a Bachelors in Political Economy and has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Jessica Yabsley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
As Policy Director, Christian Hoehner leads the Coalition’s legislative and executive branch advocacy efforts. Christian most recently spent five years with the independent government affairs firm Van Scoyoc Associates where he worked with the firm’s university, research and development, and technology contractor client base. He conducted legislative policy research, tracked the budget process, identified federal programmatic funding opportunities, and developed relations with Congressional staff and industry leaders on behalf of the firm. Christian earned his Bachelor of Arts in US Government and Sociology at the University of Virginia and is currently a 2018 candidate for a Masters of Science in the Management of Information Technology from the McIntire School of Commerce. Christian can be reached at Christian.Hoehner@datacoalition.org
Sarah Kerner joined the Data Coalition in 2017 as Director of Development. In her role, she works directly with the Coailtion’s leadership and Board to expand the organization in a way that meets their goals and vision. From working with several non-profits in the Washington, DC area, Sarah brings with her experience in foundation and corporate relations, as well as individual fundraising. She is originally from Rochester, NY and graduated with degrees in Psychology and Political Science from Wheaton College (IL). Sarah is the main point of contact for prospective members and can be reached at email@example.com
Member Services and Operations Manager
John Runyan is the President and founder of Runyan Public Affairs, an independent government relations firm and serves as the Treasurer of the Data Transparency Coalition. John has worked at the intersection of business, government and politics for more than 25 years. He has helped organizations of every size address both legislative and regulatory challenges and successfully advance their public policy agendas regardless of the partisan climate or party control in Washington. Success in Washington requires more than a few well-timed meetings on Capitol Hill. RPA was organized to help clients develop a broader effort that focuses their constituent and grassroots resources, recruits key allies and coalition partners and builds a sustainable public policy effort that can achieve long-term success.
John Runyan has demonstrated outstanding leadership in all facets of the government relations profession. He has managed the federal government relations lobbying team for a Fortune 100 global corporation, developed and managed both corporate and association political action committees, played leadership roles in major multi-industry business coalitions and chaired the business community’s largest grassroots and voter education program. John enjoys a solid reputation on Capitol Hill and among business and NGO leaders throughout Washington.