Tim Olson is the associate director for field operations. He has executive responsibility for data collection conducted through the U.S. Census Bureau’s censuses and surveys.
Field regional offices, area census offices, call centers, and data processing facilities, which form the backbone of the Field Directorate that Olson oversees, are located in Los Angeles, Tucson, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, and southern Indiana. The directorate employs approximately 11,000 people during years without a decennial census, most of whom conduct surveys. During the 2020 Census, the directorate will swell to more than 500,000 employees, mostly home-based interviewers located in every county of the nation, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Olson began his career at the Census Bureau in 1987 as a temporary employee in the Seattle region during the 1990 and 2000 Censuses. He joined the Census Bureau’s headquarters team in 2001, supporting the Field Division’s Special Census program. In 2013, he became the agency’s first respondent advocate, and in 2014 became the chief of the Field Division.
Olson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Commerce Department’s Gold and Silver Awards, two Census Bureau Bronze Medal Awards, and the Director’s Award for Innovation. Olson earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from St. Paul Bible College in 1983 and a master of divinity from the Alliance Theological Seminary in 1986.