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Welcome to Demo Week! Opening message from Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham

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Steven Dillingham
U.S. Census Bureau, Director

Dr. Steven Dillingham was sworn in as the 25th Census Bureau Director on January 7, 2019.

Dillingham has more than 25 years of statistical, research, senior management, and legal experience in the federal government. Dillingham previously served as Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Both of these agencies support national surveys in partnership with the Census Bureau.

Before joining the Census Bureau, Dillingham served as Director of the Peace Corps Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning. Other federal service includes directing research and planning for the Department of Justice Trustee Program, and directing surveys for the Office of Personnel Management.  He was a career member of the Federal Senior Executive Service.

In addition, Dillingham was the Deputy Director for the National District Attorneys Association and Administrator of the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Dillingham has served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and George Mason University. He is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management.

Dillingham earned his B.A. at Winthrop University, received his J.D., M.P.A., and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, and completed his M.B.A. at George Washington University and LL.M. at Georgetown University.

Drew Zachary
Census Open Innovation Labs, Managing Director

Drew Zachary is Managing Director of Census Open Innovation Labs and Director/Co-founder of The Opportunity Project at the US Census Bureau. Previously, Drew was a Policy Advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council, senior analyst at the US Department of Commerce Data Service, and worked in health technology R&D. Drew holds an MPP from Johns Hopkins University and is a PhD candidate in social policy at Brandeis University. She has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most influential young people in government for 2018 by Apolitical, one of 20 rising stars by FCW/GCN’s Government Innovation Awards 2018, and a Federal 100 winner by FCW in 2019.

Lorena Molina-Irizarry
Census Open Innovation Labs, Director of Operations

Lorena Molina-Irizarry serves as Director of Operations of the Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL), at the U.S. Census Bureau— bringing together technologists, government and communities through tech collaborations, tapping into the power of open data for good. In this capacity she also managed strategic partnerships with Big Tech companies, media, entertainment and civic-tech organizations to protect the integrity of the 2020 Census. Previously, she served as the Deputy Chief of National Partnerships, setting up the infrastructure for engaging and collaborating with national and local partners in industry, tech community and the third sector to increase data use and awareness, and the importance of the 2020 Census as the cornerstone of our democracy. She previously served as the Technology Communications Liaison for the CIO, leading technology and innovation communications efforts for the Census Bureau. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing enterprise innovation strategy, strategic workforce planning initiatives and civic digital talent pipelines for government.


Join us to kick off The Opportunity Project Demo Week! Day 1 will focus on showcasing innovative products to defend and restore the natural environment, lifting up voices from indigenous communities, and featuring perspectives from student innovators.

The Census Bureau is more than just data. In his welcome remarks, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will speak about the Census Bureau’s leading role in advancing the federal statistical community’s  collaboration efforts via The Opportunity Project, exploring industry engagement, and how other agencies can join us in collaborating to improve federal data quality, usability, and how we share it with the public.