April 22, 2021 — The U.S. Census Bureau named new leaders and members to its National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC).
Dr. James Thomas Tucker is Pro Bono Voting Rights Counsel to the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and co-led NARF’s efforts on the 2020 Census. He is an attorney with the law firm Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP in Las Vegas, Nevada. He served as an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ William S. Boyd School of Law and the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. He wrote numerous publications on the census, voting rights and minority access. He serves as chair-elect of the Indian Law Section of the Arizona Bar. Dr. Tucker holds Doctor of the Science of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctor degree, Order of the Coif from the University of Florida, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University.
Cherokee is the associate project manager in the Clinical Services division at Maximus Inc. She has over 20 years of experience employed in public service and nonprofit operations sectors. She has previously served on the Organizational Development and Capacity committee with the National Disability Rights Network. She was board president with Disability Rights of Arkansas Inc. and chair-elect with the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Inc. State Board of Directors. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Philander Smith College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
New NAC members are Brisa Sanchez, Helen Hatab Samhan, Rosemary Rodriguez, Karthick Ramakrishnan, Daniel Lichter, Iheoma Iruka, Florencia Gutierrez, Julio Guity-Guevara, D’Lane Compton, Richard Chang, and Gina Adams.
The NAC is scheduled to hold its Spring 2021 meeting virtually May 6-7.
NAC advises the Census Bureau on topics such as hard-to-count populations, race and ethnicity, language, aging populations, American Indian and Alaska Native tribal considerations, new immigrant populations, populations affected by natural disasters, highly mobile and migrant populations, complex households, rural populations, and population segments with limited access to technology. It also considers issues like data privacy and confidentiality.
Visit our Census Advisory Committees page for more information and bios of all the NAC membership. No news release associated with this announcement. Tip Sheet only.