Chief, Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau
Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop is chief of the Geography Division at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she leads a staff of over 200 employees in the development of a national geospatial database. This database of addresses, roads, and boundaries creates the foundation used to support the 2020 Census and ongoing surveys.
Prior to her current role, Deirdre served as chief of the Decennial Census Management Division, where she implemented the 2020 Census Research and Testing Program and completed the 2020 Census Operational Plan three years ahead of last decade. The operational plan outlines the design of the 2020 Census and provides details about the thirty-five 2020 Census operations.
Deirdre received her master's degree in public administration from New York University and her bachelor's degree in urban studies from Lehigh University. She is a graduate of the Department of Commerce's Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and was three times honored with the Census Bureau's Bronze Medal Award. Deirdre is the President of the U.S. National Section of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History. She is Head of the United States Delegation for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management.