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The U.S. Census Bureau announced today the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations and has named Ditas Katague as a member of the committee.
The National Advisory Committee will advise the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau’s programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census. The committee, which is comprised of 32 members from multiple disciplines, will advise the Census Bureau on topics such as housing, children, youth, poverty, privacy, race and ethnicity, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other populations.
“We expect that the expertise of this committee will help us meet emerging challenges the Census Bureau faces in producing statistics about our diverse nation,” said Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director. “By helping us better understand a variety of issues that affect statistical measurement, this committee will help ensure that the Census Bureau continues to provide relevant and timely statistics used by federal, state and local governments as well as business and industry in an increasingly technologically oriented society.”
The National Advisory Committee members, who serve at the discretion of the Census Bureau director, are chosen to serve based on expertise and knowledge of the cultural patterns, issues and/or statistical needs of hard-to-count populations.
Ditas Katague has more than 20 years of experience at federal, state and local government agencies. Currently, she is chief of staff to California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval. While in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, she served as California’s 2010 Census director as well as the 2000 Census chief deputy director — overseeing and directing the statewide outreach and coordination. She received her bachelor’s degree in social science and practice of art from University of California, Berkeley and her master’s of public administration in organization development and intergovernmental management from the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy.