Joan Naymark retired in March 2012 as director of market analytics and planning at Target Corporation. Prior to joining Target Corporation in 1982, she held research positions at the Minnesota State Demographer’s Office and the Upper Midwest Council. She has testified before Congress on business uses of census and American Community Survey data and represented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the Census Bureau’s Census Advisory Committee. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Association of Public Data Users and chair of the North American Research Task Force of the International Council of Shopping Centers. She coauthored (with Ken Hodges) articles on the use of census data in the private sector in the first and second editions of the Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census. She holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in sociology and demography from Western Washington University.
Richard Rathge is professor of sociology in the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University (NDSU). For 30 years, from 1981 through 2011, he served as director of the North Dakota State Data Center; in 2012, the State Data Center functions will transition from NDSU to a new North Dakota Census Office within the state commerce department. As director of the State Data Center and state demographer, he served as North Dakota’s representative to the Federal-State Cooperative Programs for Population Estimates and Population Projections. He has also served as policy analyst for the North Dakota Kids Count program, a research center that monitors the health and well-being of children. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
WORKSHOP PRESENTERS AND DISCUSSION LEADERS
Andrew Beveridge is president and CEO of Social Explorer, Inc., in Bronxville, New York, and professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Since 1993, he has been a consultant on census data to The New York Times, and specializes in using geographic information systems techniques to analyze demographic data. He has previously taught in the sociology department at Columbia University. He holds a B.A. in economics and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, all from Yale University.
Susan Brower became Minnesota’s State Demographer in February 2012. Prior to that, she worked as a demographic researcher in nonprofit and academic settings. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the University