Terri Ann Lowenthal - Census Expert & Consultant


Terri Ann Lowenthal


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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 an ice skating coach of 44+ 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.




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In the news

HuffPost: "New Email Raises Concern About Trump Commitment to Census Confidentiality”

The Washington Post: Trump administration officials suggested sharing census responses with law enforcement, court documents show”

Federal Computer Week: “What will a Democratic House mean for the census?”

U.S. News & World Report: “Victorious U.S. House Democrats Could Stymie Census Citizenship Query”

The Washington Post: “Americans say they are less likely to fill out census than they were 10 years ago”

The Washington Post: “How Democrats would work to kill the census citizenship question if they win the midterms”

UPI: “Trump nominee looking to fill Census role vacant for a year”

Triple Pundit: “Why Everyone Should Care About Census 2020”

Richmond Pulse: "Civil Rights Leaders Call For Public Comment on 2020 Census"

The Tennessee Tribune:  "Rights Groups Want to Flood Census Bureau With Public Comments Before August Deadline"

AL.com (Alabama): "Census comments are open, but Alabama lawsuit over counting immigrants may be off-limits"

NPR: "Census Bureau Stops Plans For 2020 Census Advisory Committee"

The New York Times: "New Emails Show Push by Trump Officials to Add Citizenship Question to Census"

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)"Americans can weigh in on 2020 Census until Aug. 7"

Ventura County Star (editorial)"Local efforts key to accurate census"

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"



(author, co-author, or significant contributor)

National League of Cities: Municipal Action Guide: Preparing for 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)