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Rachel Marks

Chief, Racial Statistics Branch, Population Division

Rachel Marks is chief of the Racial Statistics Branch in the Census Bureau’s Population Division. She leads a research team that analyzes data on race and ethnicity from the 2020 Census, 2020 Island Areas Census, American Community Survey, and the Current Population Survey. She advises and guides research focusing on the reporting patterns of racial and ethnic groups in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other Island Areas.

Rachel has conducted extensive outreach, presentations, and workshops with various stakeholder groups throughout her career and was a lead researcher for the 2015 National Content Test, which examined alternative ways to collect data on race and ethnicity. She is a leading expert on the Middle Eastern and North African population in the United States – and has authored many reports and presentations.  

Rachel joined the Census Bureau in 2007 as a survey statistician in the Decennial Management Division’s Puerto Rico, Island Areas, and Overseas Enumeration Branch. She has a master’s degree in sociology from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She also completed a master’s certificate in project management at George Washington University. 

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