Terri Ann Lowenthal - Census Expert & Consultant


Terri Ann Lowenthal



Terri Ann Lowenthal is a nationally recognized expert, consultant, and frequent speaker on the U.S. census and policy issues affecting federal statistics. During a 14-year career as a congressional aide in both the House and Senate, she was staff director of the House census oversight subcommittee from 1987-94 and later covered the Census Bureau and broader federal statistical activities for the 2008 Obama Presidential Transition Team. Terri Ann now advises FCCP’s Funders Census Initiative (FCI 2020), a coalition of foundations and philanthropic-serving organizations that support a fair and accurate census; The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; state and local government associations and officials; business and industry data users; and other stakeholders on census policy and operational issues. She regularly posted on the Census Project Blog through 2016.

Terri Ann holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from Cornell University and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She was a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission and served on the Cornell University Council and President’s Council of Cornell Women. She is a Senior Stennis Center Congressional Staff Fellow and was a member of the Inaugural Class of Fellows in the 103rd Congress. Terri finds balance in her life as a ice skating coach of 43+ years and as a proud member of the Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena (Washington, DC) board of directors. She now lives and works in her home town of Stamford, CT.



Email (new!): TerriAnnLowenthal@gmail.com

LinkedIn Profile (with full biography)


In the news

National Public Radio: "Citizenship Question Controversy Complicating Census 2020 Work, Bureau Director Says"

The New York Times: "Why Was a Citizenship Question Put on the Census? 'Bad Faith,' a Judge Suggests"

The Washington Post: "Commerce secretary suggested citizenship question to Justice Dept.,

according to memo, contradicting his congressional testimony"

Federal Computer Week: "House, Senate bills split on Census funding"

AL.com (Alabama): "Alabama lawsuit tip of the spear in federal battle over 'weaponizing' 2020 Census"

USA Today: "Lawmakers urge Census to count Hurricane Maria victims in their communities"

Science magazine: "More money, more worries: 2020 Census plans continue to generate controversy"

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder: "Fear could further compromise 2020 Census"

Cleburne Times-Review: "Texas can count on census challenges"

Deseret News (Utah): "New citizenship question, murky immigration policy, could impact 2020 Census results"

The Century Foundation: "New Citizenship Question Designed to Sabotage Census"

The Wall Street Journal: "Trump Administration Plans to Check Your Answer on Census Citizenship Question"

Federal News Radio: "After windfall in omnibus, Census Bureau rolls out its first dress rehearsal"

The Intercept: "Count Down: How the Trump Administration Is Botching Its Only Trial Run for the 2020 Census"

FiveThirtyEight: "The Census's New Citizenship Question Could Hurt Communities That Are Already Undercounted"

Talking Points Memo: "The Unprecedented Coming Legal Battle Over Trump's Census Citizenship Move"

WJLA (Washington, DC): "States, civil rights groups challenge decision to include citizenship question in census"

Sojourners (Medill News Service): "What's At Stake in an Underfunded Census?"

Federal Computer Week: "Trump campaign taps census question as fund-raising tool"

U.S. News & World Report: "Underfunding, Canceled Tests Raise Fears About First Ever Online Census"

The News & Observer: "Rural Deep South at most risk of being overlooked in 2020 Census"

Daily Beast: "Citizenship Question Would Convert Census Into a GOP Voter Suppression Tool"

Federal Computer Week: "Experts fear Trump budget shortchanges Census"

Science magazine: "New U.S. budget deal includes more funding for 2020 Census"

The Hill: "Citizenship question drives uncertainty over 2020 census"

The Washington Post: "Non-citizens won't be hired as census-takers in 2020, staff is told"

Federal Computer Week: "Census prep suffers under a CR or a shutdown"

Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts): "Census Uncertainty Spurs State Action to Prevent Undercounting"

Global Government Forum: "Citizenship question threatens US census, says former programme chief"

Clarion Ledger (Mississippi): "Mississippi's rural black, Hispanic communities risk

underrepresentation in 2020 census"

The Atlantic: "The Controversial Question DOJ Wants to Add to the U.S. Census"

Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Congress must guard accuracy, use of census" (editorial)

HuffPost: "The DOJ Wants A Citizenship Question On The Census. That Could Blow Up The Whole Survey"

Mother Jones: "Trump's Pick to Run 2020 Census Has Defended

Racial Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression Laws"

The New York Times: "Critics Say Questions About Citizenship

Could Wreck Chances for an Accurate Census"

Federal Computer Week: "Census enters 2018 facing more questions than answers"

NJ.com: "Why Everyone in New Jersey Might Not Be Counted in the 2020 Census"

The New York Times: "With 2020 Census Looming, Worries About Fairness and Accuracy"

NPR: "Trump Administration Delays Decision on Race, Ethnicity Data for Census"

Huffington Post: "Experts Are Really, Really Worried About the State Of The 2020 Census"

NPR: Morning Edition

POLITICO: "Leading Trump Census pick causes alarm"

CityLab: "The Constitutional Counting Crisis"

The Washington Post: "Census 2020: How it's supposed to work (and how it might go terribly wrong)"

Federal Computer Week: "GAO sustains protest in $283M Census mobile contract"

Inquirer.net: "Problems threaten the accuracy of 2020 US Census"

The New York Times:  "Save the Census" (editorial)

Boston Globe: "Gutting the census would sabotage democracy"

TIME: "The Head of the Census Resigned. It Could Be as Serious as James Comey"

The Washington Post: "Census watchers warn of a crisis if funding for 2020 count is not increased"

POLITICO: "Trump's threat to the 2020 Census"



Federal News Radio: "Census Bureau wraps up dress rehearsal for tech-based 2020 count"

"All Sides with Ann Fisher" (WOSU/NPR): "The 2020 Census"

"1A" (WAMU/NPR): "Look Who's Counting: The Politics of the U.S. Census"

C-SPAN: Georgetown University Law Center panel discussion on the 2020 Census

KJZZ (Public Radio) Phoenix | The Show: "Attorneys General Urge Against Census Question About Citizenship Status"

New America Media: "'Perfect Storm' Threatens Successful 2020 Census" (Sept. 2017)

Center for American Progress: "Meeting the Challenges of the 2020 Census" (March 2015)

The Leadership Conference Education Fund:

"Race and Ethnicity in the 2020 Census: Improving Data to Capture a Multiethnic America" (Nov. 2014)

The Leadership Conference Education Fund: "Counting in the Wake of Catastrophe" (Aug. 2009)