Shauna N. Gillooly
Sembrando Sentido is a non-profit organization that seeks to harvest knowledge, tools and inspiration to strengthen efforts for more transparent, responsible, fair, inclusive and efficient government practices in Puerto Rico. It drives government reform by making Puerto Rico’s government data truly open and building knowledge and power in our communities to improve, monitor and safeguard the use of public resources. The Leading Edge Fellow will carry out an in-depth evaluation of methodologies, tools and mechanisms to further engage, mobilize and empower civil society in becoming active change agents of government reform in Puerto Rico, particularly in the areas of public financial management, public contracting, and anticorruption. These areas, while of critical importance to ensuring equal and fair economic and social development, are highly complex and technical, often intimidating and preventing citizens from taking active part in them. The fellow will help Sembrando Sentido look for solutions that have been successful in activating civil society across the globe and explore their application to the context of Puerto Rico.