Barbara Downs, Ph.D., Director
Barbara Downs is the Director of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center program at the Center for Enterprise Dissemination (CED), U.S. Census Bureau. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has served in several positions at the Census Bureau since then, including as Chief of the Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch (Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division) and Chief of the Data Analysis and User Education Branch (American Community Survey Office). Barbara's primary area of research is family demography. She has written several Census Bureau reports on fertility behavior and maternity leave trends.
Nate Ramsey, Ph.D., Lead FSRDC Administrator
Nate Ramsey is the Lead Administrator of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center program in the Center for Enterprise Dissemination (CED), U.S. Census Bureau. He has served in several positions at the Census Bureau since 2011, including as a Survey Statistician on the Education, Demographic, and Geographic Estimates project and in the Data Analysis and User Education Branch within the American Community Survey Office. He also previously worked as a Research Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. Nate earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.
David Beede, Ph.D., Knowledge Transfer Officer
David Beede is the Knowledge Transfer Officer of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center program in the Center for Enterprise Dissemination (CED), U.S. Census Bureau. In this role, he collects FSRDC research project results that benefit the Census Bureau, shares these results with Census Bureau program areas, and collects information about the research needs of the program areas. He also disseminates FSRDC research to a wide audience through the FSRDC webpage. David earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 1996. Previously, he served as Economist in the Commerce Department’s Office of the Chief Economist where he co-authored several reports on advanced technologies, STEM occupations, and the value of government data. His primary research interest is the impact of new technology adoption on workers and firms.
Jim Fetzer, Chief, Research Branch, International Economics
Jim Fetzer is the Chief of the Research Branch in the International Economics Directorate of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. His current research is focused on measuring international trade and investment. Previously, he worked as an International Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission for 15 years. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Boston College.
Nicole Nestoriak, Chief, Compensation Research and Program Development Group
Nicole Nestoriak is a Senior Research Economist in the Compensation Research and Program Development Group at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As part of her role, she serves on the Restricted Data Access Review Board and is active in facilitating outside researcher access to restricted BLS data. Her own research interests focus on how detailed information on working conditions and worker requirements can lead to insights on labor market behavior. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland and has previously worked at the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Neil Russell, Director of the Research Data Center (RDC) for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
Neil Russell is the Director of the Research Data Center (RDC) for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In his role, he manages the RDC program and staff that help researchers access restricted-use data at four NCHS sponsored RDCs. Previously, he served as the Confidentiality Officer for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) at SAMHSA. He also managed the restricted-use data access programs at the National Center for Education Statistics and CBHSQ. He served on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) workgroup that authored the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act implementation guidance and served for two years as the chair of OMB’s Confidentiality and Data Access Committee. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Arizona State University.
John Finamore, Chief Statistician, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), National Science Foundation
John Finamore is the Chief Statistician and Confidentiality Officer for the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation. In this role, he serves as the agency’s senior technical advisor in the areas of survey methods, statistical standards, disclosure avoidance, and data quality. Prior to arriving at NCSES, he worked at the Census Bureau serving as a lead mathematical statistician on demographic surveys sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and NCSES.