Morning Fill Up with Deirdre Dalpiaz-Bishop

Chief of geogrpahy division, u.s. census bureau

Held January 26, 2017 at 7am at The garage

In a conversation with Matt Ehlman of The Numad Group, Deirdre discussed the importance of an accurate account in culturally rich states like South Dakota, and how critical accurate data is to the federal government and to our everyday lives.

Deirdre began her career in the New York Regional Office of the U.S. Census Bureau, where she was a program coordinator for geography, surveys, partnership, automation, and space and leasing. She moved to the Census Redistricting Data Office at headquarters where she was instrumental in obtaining congressional and legislative district information for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in advance of the 2010 Census.

After her work in 2010, she served as geographic adviser within Geography Division where she coordinated efforts for the 2020 Census and the Geographic Support System. Most recently, Deirdre served as chief of the Decennial Census Management Division, where she implemented the 2020 Census Research and Testing Program and completed the 2020 Census Operational Plan three years ahead of last decade. The operational plan outlines the design of the 2020 Census and provides details about the thirty-four 2020 Census operations.   

Deirdre received her master's degree in public administration from New York University and her bachelor's degree in urban studies from Lehigh University. She is a graduate of the Department of Commerce's Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and was twice honored with the Census Bureau's Bronze Medal Award. Deirdre is the president of the U.S. National Section of the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History.

An insider’s look into a government program that is based on doing a specific job well, and bias free. Deirdre was an excellent speaker! I liked her sense of humor & how much she clearly loves her job.