Erin Tanenbaum, MA, is a Senior Statistician in the Statistics and Methodology department at NORC, where she provides analytic oversight and direction for public health and education research at NORC. Tanenbaum is a nationally recognized expert in statistics with an emphasis on improving quality and usefulness of statistical products through data visualizations and analytic toolkits. She has over 15 years of experience conducting research using applied statistics in the areas of modelling, survey research, sampling, data science, record linkage, and small area estimation. In addition, Tanenbaum is focused on impact and outcome analytics, having lead dozens of analyses from small rural health studies to large cross-functional funding opportunities such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) study of the impact of Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIAs).
Prior to joining NORC, Tanenbaum worked as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Director of Statistical Resources at Nielsen Claritas where she conducted analytic research spanning topics such as household wealth, household technology and communications behaviors, retail establishments, and household purchasing patterns. Among her achievements, Tanenbaum led a quality improvement project for the Retail Establishment Survey (RES) across Asia. The endeavor improved statistical data collection and analysis of 3.5 million surveys. Tanenbaum led a team of statisticians, field workers, regional leaders, and executives through a lean six sigma project which increased response rates, increased productivity, and reduced sampling, selection, and measurement error rates.
Earlier in her career, Tanenbaum assisted lead statistical experts in creating antitrust performance measure comparisons for a regional telephone company. She also analyzed financial institutions by quantifying risk issues, including credit risk modeling, forecasting credit delinquencies, and interpreting lending patterns against the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA).
Tanenbaum earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Kalamazoo College and her master’s degree in applied statistics at the University of Michigan. Tanenbaum current serves as the elected Chair of the American Statistical Association’s Quality and Productivity Section and a member of the board supporting the Washington Statistical Society. Previously, Tanenbaum served as the appointed Chair of the Committee on Applied Statisticians and is a former co-editor of the American Statistical Association’s journal the American Statistician as well as a contributing editor of their magazine Amstat News. At the Nielsen Company, Tanenbaum was one of eight women selected worldwide for the Nielsen Company’s Women’s Leadership Program.