Lisa Blumerman is the department head and senior vice president of Economics, Justice, and Society (EJS), where she focuses on a broad range of topics relating to critical economic and social issues. She is responsible for many of NORC’s largest-running surveys, engaging in policy analysis and evaluation research relating to the economy and the labor force, transportation and traffic safety, and crime and law enforcement.
Blumerman brings more than 20 years of experience, with more than half as a senior leader at the U.S. Census Bureau. She has extensive experience introducing new methodologies, techniques, and data into demographic, economic, and administrative data collections and products. She has provided leadership and strategic direction to large-scale statistical programs of national importance, and is a recognized expert in communicating the value, importance, and technical merit of those programs.
Most recently, Blumerman served as the Census Bureau’s director of the Office of Survey and Census Analytics, and from 2017 to 2018 as director of the Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications. From 2014 to 2017 she was associate director of the Decennial Census Programs, where she provided executive leadership for three major programs within the Census Bureau: the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Geographic Programs. In this role, Blumerman was responsible for planning, developing, and testing the innovative design for the 2020 Census.
From 2008 to 2014, Blumerman served as director of the Governments Division, where she was responsible for the methodology, collection, processing, and dissemination of the Census of Governments and more than a dozen surveys conducted on behalf of other federal agencies. Earlier Census jobs include assistant director of Decennial Census Programs, director of the Center for Administrative Records and Research Applications, chief of the Governments Division, chief of the Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office, and deputy chief of the American Community Survey Office.
Before joining the Census Bureau, Blumerman served as a senior research analyst for the American Public Welfare Association.
Blumerman was awarded the 2018 U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Award for Exceptional Federal Service, and in 2017 she was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of twenty-five women leading data and analytics in the U.S. government. Blumerman is a recipient of the Arthur S. Flemming Award for outstanding public service and exceptional managerial achievement. Blumerman is a recognized public speaker in the field of government statistics and has given more than 100 presentations nationally and internationally. She has also authored and co-authored journal articles, working papers, and publications for national agencies.