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Lisa Blumerman, Former U.S. Census Bureau Director of Survey and Census Analytics, to Lead Economics, Justice, and Society Department at NORC at the University Chicago

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CHICAGO, January 28, 2020 — Lisa Blumerman, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Census Bureau, has joined NORC as senior vice president and the department head of the Economics, Justice, and Society (EJS) department.

A proven leader and strategic director of large-scale statistical programs of national importance, Blumerman is also a recognized expert in communicating the value, importance, and technical merit of those programs. Blumerman will contribute her extensive experience introducing new methodologies, techniques, and data into demographic, economic, and administrative data collections and products.

“Lisa has dedicated her career to advocating for and reengineering federal statistics programs,” said Chet Bowie, executive vice president of research and outgoing EJS department head. “She is passionate about improving the programs of the statistical community by increasing the timing, relevance, and usability of the data they produce.”

According to Jeff Telgarsky, executive vice president of research, “We are delighted to bring Lisa’s expertise to NORC. She has a stellar track record of developing strong, diverse teams that bring out the best in employees, increase their effectiveness, and ensure performance-driven results. She has also worked across organizations, collaborating externally with other federal agencies, the private sector, academia, Congress, and the public.”

At the Census Bureau, she served as associate director of the Decennial Census Programs, providing executive leadership for major programs within the Census Bureau: the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey. In this role, Blumerman was responsible for planning, developing, and testing the innovative design for the 2020 Census. Prior to that, Blumerman worked in several positions at the Census Bureau, among them director of the Governments Division, director of the Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications, and director of the Office of Survey and Census Analytics. Before working at the Census Bureau, she served as a senior research analyst for the American Public Welfare Association.

Blumerman will be based in NORC’s Bethesda office.

“Lisa has dedicated her career to advocating for and reengineering federal statistics programs.”

Chet Bowie

Executive vice president

“Lisa has dedicated her career to advocating for and reengineering federal statistics programs.”

About NORC at the University of Chicago

NORC at the University of Chicago conducts research and analysis that decision-makers trust. As a nonpartisan research organization and a pioneer in measuring and understanding the world, we have studied almost every aspect of the human experience and every major news event for more than eight decades. Today, we partner with government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world to provide the objectivity and expertise necessary to inform the critical decisions facing society.

Contact: For more information, please contact Eric Young at NORC at or (703) 217-6814 (cell).

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