Chief of the Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch
Melissa Chiu is chief of the Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau. Her branch is responsible for collecting, processing, and analyzing occupation, industry, and veterans data from the Bureau's demographic surveys, particularly the American Community Survey. The branch also produces the Equal Employment Opportunity custom tabulation, which serves as the primary benchmark for assessing the diversity of an organization's workforce. Ms. Chiu has been with the Bureau for six years, first working on immigration statistics, including designing a new survey, the 2008 Migration Supplement for the Current Population Survey. She also worked with commuting and workplace data, including the Census Transportation Planning Products custom tabulations.
She has conducted research in a variety of areas, including occupation and gender inequality; labor force, immigration, and gender; disability and transportation; race, immigration, and geographic mobility; and military spouses.
She holds bachelor's degrees in mathematics and statistics from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in statistics from the University of Washington, and a master's degree and candidate of philosophy degree in sociology from UCLA. Ms. Chiu has earned the 2012 Director's Award for Innovation and a 2011 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award.