Nancy Potok

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Nancy Potok


Senior Fellow

Dr. Nancy Potok served as the Chief Statistician of the United States in the Executive Office of the President until January 2020, during which time she served as a Commissioner on the US Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making and co-chair of the Federal Data Strategy.  Prior to that, she served as Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Census Bureau; Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the US Department of Commerce; Senior Vice President for Economic, Labor, and Population Studies at NORC at the University of Chicago; and Chief Operating Officer at McManis & Monsalve Associates, a data analytics and organizational transformation firm.

She has been an adjunct professor and Senior Fellow at the George Washington University and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a non-resident fellow at the Urban Institute, and chairs the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA. She also serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information and is a contributing editor to the Harvard Data Science Review.  She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.