Sarah Schacht

Open Gov & Civic Tech Consultant, Author, Speaker

Sarah Schacht (pronounced "shot")

Sarah Schacht is a social entrepreneur, founder of 501c3 nonprofit, Knowledge As Power (2006-2012), author, and frequent advisor to governments ranging from city mayors to presidential staff, to technology companies and the NGO community. With over dozen years experience in online politics, transparency, open governance, and transparency technology for legislatures and parliaments. Schacht is passionate about citizen access and empowerment, open government, and modernizing governments for the benefit of governments and the citizens they serve. She is currently working on the book Civic Spark. She's an accidental food safety advocate, working for posted restaurant inspection scores and data standards.

Schacht writes guest columns on open government for Government Technology Magazine, based on her book, Civic Spark. Columns to be featured beginning in March, 2016.


At her consultancy, Smarter Civic, Schacht accelerates program growth and success by mitigating bureaucratic challenges and implementing successful technology strategies in government, civil society, and civic technology.


Her clients include civic tech companies and startups, civil society organizations, and governments. She focuses on program development, management, product development and policy.


She frequently speaks at conferences and events on open government, gov 2.0, consumer perspective on food safety and citizen engagement topics. For speaking requests, please contact her via the email address below.


Schacht lives in Seattle with her fiance, a big-boned cat, and frequently uses her air miles for surfing trips to Barbados and Hawaii.

Civic Tech & Open Data News & Projects

Open Gov Content, Research, Writings

Posts on Medium.com, on civic engagement, surveillance, and pink ribbon products.


Chapter, "Democracy Under Everything," in O'Reilly Publishing's 2010 compendium, Open Government in Practice.

Fast Company blog Article Schacht wrote on a new White House petition service.

Sarah Schacht Guest Editorial, Seattle Times

Op-Ed in The Oregonian, "Government technology: Modernizing for our money's worth"

News & Press from Knowledge As Power & Open Gov West

Fast Company story on Schacht's work in the open gov space.


Tech Flash Story on Open Gov West, the open government conference series she founded and chaired.

Contributing to social media in politics story, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Feature as a "Rainmaker" in Seattle Met Magazine

Food Safety & Restaurant Inspection Scores Advocacy, Research, Speaking