responsible for building and supporting U.S. and international census data products and services. He also consults with clients and internal stakeholders on appropriate use of geospatial data. Prior to joining Acxiom in 2006, he was a statistician-demographer in the Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau for more than 8 years. He holds his M.A./Ph.D. in sociology from the Ohio State University and a B.A. in communications from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.
Andrew Conrad is senior program manager for the Institute for Decision Making and the special projects manager for the Business and Community Services Division at The University of Northern Iowa. His responsibilities include the design, delivery, and follow-up of community and economic development services to communities and regions. A Certified Economic Developer, Drew currently serves on the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Board of Directors and the Iowa Workforce Development Board. He is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute (EDI) at the University of Oklahoma, and holds a B.A. in American history/pre-law and a master’s in public policy.
David Crowe is chief economist and senior vice president at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He is responsible for NAHB’s forecast of housing and economic trends, survey research, and analysis of the home building industry and consumer preferences, as well as microeconomic analysis of government policies that affect housing.
Kenneth Darga has served as state demographer for Michigan since 2000. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Federal-State Cooperative for Population Estimates and is the author of two books on the census.
Haya El Nasser has been with USA TODAY for 28 years, first as a business reporter and later as the newspaper’s Los Angeles news correspondent. She began covering demographics and the census in 1996 and has reported on the lead-up to the 2000 census and the 2010 census and data findings from both. She has also covered the introduction of the American Community Survey and has mined the data for stories. She is responsible for wading through all Census data and identifying national trends, both on deadline and for enterprise stories. She tries to incorporate demographic data in everything she covers, including planning and development issues which have become part of her beat.
Ronald Fecso retired as chief statistician at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) shortly after the workshop, having held that position since 2006. Prior to GAO, he served as chief statistician in the Division of Science Resources Statistics at the National Science Foundation (now the National