Cherokee Citizen Named to Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations

Leigh McGee, Cherokee, was recently named as one member of the United States Census Bureau’s new National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.

The new committee will advise the Bureau on multiple fronts that have an impact on cost, accuracy and implementation of the Bureau’s programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census. The new committee consists of 31 members from multiple disciplines to add in topics that include housing, children, youth, poverty, privacy, race and ethnicity, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other populations.

“We expect that the expertise of this committee will help us meet emerging challenges the Census Bureau faces in producing statistics about our diverse nation,” said Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director. “By helping us better understand a variety of issues that affect statistical measurement, this committee will help ensure that the Census Bureau continues to provide relevant and timely statistics used by federal, state and local governments as well as business and industry in an increasingly technologically oriented society.”

All committee members will serve at the discretion of the Census Bureau director and were chosen based on expertise and knowledge of the cultural patterns, issues and/or statistical needs of hard-to-count populations.

McGee brings 25 years of experience as a consultant in corporate America and Native America, is the co-owner of two businesses – OSIYO Consulting and Council House Institute. She is an active volunteer and advocate for underrepresented and economically challenged populations at the federal, Native and local city levels. She has an MBA from Wilmington University in Delaware, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.

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