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Learn with TOP: Demystifying Data to help respond to COVID-19


Cathy Buffington
Economic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau, Director, Small Business Pulse Survey

Cathy Buffington conducts research for Economic Programs at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she has been on staff since 1998.  She holds a BA and an MA in economics. Cathy has held production and research roles at the Census Bureau, and serves as the Survey Director for the Small Business Pulse Survey.

Jason Fields
Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Director, Household Pulse Survey & Senior Researcher for Demographic Programs
Ryan Dolan
U.S. Census Bureau, Data Visualization Lead

Ryan Dolan is a Data Visualization Lead for the U.S. Census Bureau. In this role, he is working to create a better public understanding of complex demographic and socioeconomic data by the means of data visualization.  Dolan has authored several visualizations that appear on Census.gov and has provided significant training and guidance to internal and external Census Bureau customers throughout the country.  

 

Ryan began his career with the Census Bureau in 2009 as a decennial Partnership Specialist in Minneapolis out of the Kansas City Regional Census Center. In that role, he developed and nurtured partnerships with federal, state, local, and tribal governments, and elected officials, throughout the region to increase awareness about the 2010 Census; mobilized community-based organizations, minority and faith-based groups, schools, media outlets, businesses, and other grassroots entities in communities throughout MinnesotaFollowing the 2010 Census, Ryan became a Data Dissemination Specialist (DDS) housed within the communications directorate.  As a DDS, Ryan worked to increase the value of Census Bureau data by optimizing awareness, training, outreach, innovation, and education efforts through an integrative and collaborative approach to providing quality and consistent customer service. Prior to his career with the Census Bureau, Dolan primarily worked in campaign management and nonprofit leadership roles in Washington, Cincinnati, New York, Minneapolis, and Portland.

 

Ryan holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a master’s degree in Management/Organization Development from the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN.  He and his husband live in the Minneapolis suburbs with their daughter (Olivia) and dog (Izzy).  In his spare time, you’ll find him on the ice playing hockey, making pickles or pouring over sports statistics. 

 

Gerson Vasquez
U.S. Census Bureau, Data Visualization Lead

Gerson Vásquez is a Data Visualization Lead for the U.S. Census Bureau. In this role, he is working to create better understanding of complex demographic and socioeconomic data through the medium of data visualization. Vásquez has collaborated on several visualizations that appear on census.gov and 2020census.gov, while also continuing to provide training and guidance to internal and external Census Bureau customers throughout the country. All of this is building on over 22 years of experience in the field of communications (journalism, media relations, public affairs, and social media), and 12+ years in project management.

Gerson Vásquez attended Georgia State University, graduating in 1998 with concentrations in Communications (Broadcast/Print Journalism) and Foreign Language Studies in Spanish – specializing in business and commerce. He lives in Buford, Georgia with his wife of 20 years, two teenage daughters, a 9-year-old son, and three dogs.

Mikel Maron
Mapbox, Community Team Lead

Mikel Maron is a programmer and geographer working for impactful community and humanitarian uses of open source and open data, most recently on Mapbox's COVID-19 response efforts. Mikel is a co-founder of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and leads the Community team at Mapbox. Mikel also serves on the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board. He is co-founder of Ground Truth Initiative, and of the Map Kibera project. He’s previously served as Chair of Voting Members for HOT, and as President of the Board of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. He’s travelled widely, organizing projects in India, Palestine, Egypt, Swaziland, and elsewhere. Previously to this, he co-founded Mapufacture and worked on collaborative platforms, geoweb standards, and various applications, with a wide spectrum of organizations from UN and government agencies to anarchist hacker collectives.


Co-hosted by Census Academy + Mapbox

Have you ever wondered how to utilize open data but not sure where to begin? Do you feel like you don't have the skills to be a "data person"? This session is for you!

The Census Bureau, in collaboration with multiple federal agencies, is producing data on the social and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on American households and businesses through two experimental surveys: The Household Pulse Survey & the Small Business Pulse Survey, measuring the effects and changing conditions on our nation’s households and small businesses; providing high-frequency, detailed information on the impacts of the pandemic on our population and economy. 

Special guest, Mikel Maron, will open up this session highlighting lessons on working with data from Mapbox's support to COVID-19 response, and sharing his experience on impactful community and humanitarian uses of open source and open data. Mikel is a co-founder of Humanitarian Open Street Maps (HOT) and leads the Community Team at Mapbox.  

Followed by a hands-on training workshop using Tableau for visualizing curated data sets from the Household Pulse Survey, with our own Census Data Viz Experts— the team behind Census Bureau Tableau Public

Learn about TOP's Data Curation Hub to find data sources relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic and walk away with tangible skills that can help you understand how to use and pull insights from open data!

NOTE: (Download Tableau Public to actively participate in the training component of this workshop, a data set link will be provided via email to attendees who RSVP to the session.)