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David S. Johnson, U.S. Census Bureau
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Meet David S. Johnson, APPAM's Newest Vice President

March 6, 2014 11:00 AM

David S. Johnson, Chief of the U.S. Census Bureau's Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, was elected this past January as the Association's new junior Vice President. Previously, Johnson served with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and was responsible for all production, development, and dissemination of the Consumer Price Index program. He has also been an adjunct faculty member for Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute.

While at BLS, he was involved in the Alternative Poverty Measurement program at the Census Bureau, co-authoring the first Experimental Poverty Measures report and assisted in many other Census Bureau reports. He was also active in the Interagency Technical Working Group to Improve the Measurement of Income and Poverty and the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. Johnson received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Johnson took a few moments to share his ideas and vision about APPAM with members.

What do you see as APPAM’s biggest strength?

APPAM's biggest strength is the people - the membership, those who attend the conference, and those who submit to the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

How can that strength be leveraged in the coming year?

The best way is through interaction, discussion, and collaboration. All of us in the Association's leadership must work to stimulate discussion amongst our great membership.

What priorities do you have for the Policy Council in your coming term?

I hope my new leadership role on the Policy Council enables me to increase the interaction of the three pillars of policy analysis (academics, practitioners, and students from universities, governments, and policy research organizations) and improve the measurement of social and economic statistics.

In your opinion, what are the two biggest issues facing the Association today?

While there are many important projects curently underway in APPAM, a couple of big issues that the Associaton will be facing are determining the priorities for the use of APPAM's financial assets, and obtaining ownership and involvement of students (the third pillar) and new members.

Do you have a plan/ideas on how to tackle those issues?

The Policy Council is currently evaluating possible new projects and I encourage members to express their ideas. I think that the new composition of the Council and the new student members will stimulate the involvement of others. I also think that this involvement is stimulated by the New Members' Reception at the Fall Research Conference and recruiting new members to be discussants and presenters at the conferences.

What long-term strategy would you like the Policy Council to consider for the Association?

I think that the Policy Council should continue to build on its accomplishments and our strategic plan, which includes greater integration across silos, increase policy relevance, and expand active membership.   

What excites you about the coming year?

The people. As with our biggest strength, it is the interaction and discussions with the members that always excites me about APPAM, the Policy Council meetings, and the conferences.

How do you think members can best leverage their APPAM membership?

Participate, participate, participate - in as much as possible!


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