Jennifer M. Ortman is a demographer at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she leads efforts to create a demographic frame (a compilation of information about people and households from censuses, surveys, and administrative data sources). She also serves as co-chair of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology’s Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Research Group, which explores the best practices for collecting and measuring SOGI information.
Ortman has spent over 10 years in the federal government supporting the development, execution, and innovation of federal statistical programs, including the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and Population Projections. She has co-authored reports on topics such as the nation’s older population and baby boom cohort and presented her findings on C-SPAN’s America by the Numbers.
Ortman has received the Department of Commerce’s Silver Medal and Bronze Medal awards in recognition of her outstanding work.
Ortman has a doctorate in sociology, with a concentration in population studies, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.