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AAPOR Candidates: 2021-2022 Executive Council

Candidates for Vice President/President Elect
Paul Beatty Bio and Platform Positions
Brad Edwards Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Secretary-Treasurer
Anna Wiencrot Bio and Platform Positions
David Wilson Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Councilor-at-Large
Liz Hamel Bio and Platform Positions
Joe Murphy Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Communications Chair
Yazmin Garcia-Trejo Bio and Platform Positions
Emily Geisen Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Conference Chair
Kyley McGeeney Bio and Platform Positions
Brady West Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Education Chair
Douglas Currivan Bio and Platform Positions
James Wagner Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Inclusion and Equity Chair
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera Bio and Platform Positions
Rodney Terry Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Membership and Chapter Relations Chair
Ned English Bio and Platform Positions
Heather Ridolfo Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Standards Chair
Marjorie Connelly Bio and Platform Positions
Paul Scanlon Bio and Platform Positions



Candidate biographical statements and responses to questions about our field and their own ‎qualifications are available below.​



Paul Beatty - Candidate for Vice President/President Elect
 
Paul Beatty is Chief of the Center for Behavioral Science Methods at the U.S. Census Bureau. In that capacity he directs an interdisciplinary team of social and statistical scientists who conduct research on the quality of survey and social measurement, and apply methods such as cognitive interviewing, usability testing, and paradata analysis to evaluate censuses and surveys across the Bureau and for other federal agencies. His research interests focus on the design of complex survey questions and enhancement of survey evaluation methods, and he is lead editor of Advances in Questionnaire Design, Development, Evaluation, and Testing (Wiley, 2019) among other publications on these topics.
 
Paul has 30 years of professional survey experience in both methodological and production contexts. In previous positions, he served as Chief of the Ambulatory and Hospital Care Statistics Branch at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), where he oversaw the expansion and modernization of national surveys about health care in the U.S. He also served as a behavioral scientist in the Office of Research and Methodology at NCHS for 15 years, working on design and evaluation of dozens of federal surveys, and prior to that worked for several years as a market research project analyst.  
 
He has served AAPOR in many roles, including three terms on the Executive Council as Conference Chair (2012-13), Secretary-Treasurer (2006-07), and Publications and Information Chair (2002-03). He also served as DC-AAPOR Chapter President (2004), Chair of the Conference Operations Committee (2000-01), and as a member of the Nominations Committee, Distinguished Achievement Award Committee, Student Paper Award Committee, Policy Impact Award Committee, and various review committees. 
 
Paul is also a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service, serves on the Editorial Board of Public Opinion Quarterly, and is a long-time Associate Editor of the Journal of Official Statistics. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology, M.A. in Applied Social Research, and a dual B.A. in English Literature and Statistics, all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
AAPOR is in a better position than any other association to equip its membership with tools and insights to produce essential data in a rapidly changing world, as well as educating data users and the public about how data can be helpful and informative. The world clearly needs survey and public opinion data to inform policy decisions, to illuminate public perspectives, and to serve as reality checks on narratives that may or may not reflect widespread attitudes and beliefs. Yet, maintaining public trust, maximizing participation, reining in costs, and optimizing our methodology remain critical challenges. The major emphasis of AAPOR’s professional development and outreach activities must continually address each of these issues. This will entail continuing to bring in new perspectives across academic, commercial, and government sectors, facilitating dialogue in our conferences and other information-sharing venues, and disseminating what we learn in scientific literature, continuing education, and public messaging. It will also entail nurturing partnerships with other associations and institutions who share our goal of producing high quality data that reflects public interests. Answering our most pressing questions will require continued attention to maximizing respondent motivation and meeting them in modes of their choice, as well as fully mining newer data sources such as social media. Great Councils foster all of this important work by exemplifying and encouraging the best characteristics of AAPOR: curious, committed, collegial, fun, welcoming of new ideas, and inclusive of the full diversity of our organization and profession.

How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Vice President/President-Elect?
My past service to AAPOR has taught me a great deal about the leadership of the Association. As Conference Chair, I became intimately familiar with all aspects of our biggest annual event, and as Secretary-Treasurer learned the inner workings of our finances. In three terms on Council, I’ve participated in numerous decisions about AAPOR business, and developed a strong appreciation for the consensus-building style that many Councils have achieved. As a federal manager, I’ve been responsible for strategic planning and goal setting in times of constantly evolving challenges and priorities, which is directly applicable to leading AAPOR as well. This is definitely a collaborative job, and my collective experience has taught me the wisdom of soliciting diverse perspectives, the essential role of building partnerships, and the art of listening in leading our direction forward. 

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Brad Edwards - Candidate for Vice President/President Elect
 
Brad Edwards has a few titles at Westat: Vice President, Director of Field Services, and Deputy Director of the Large Surveys Practice. He’s a seasoned manager, directing projects with hundreds of professionals and maintaining Westat’s field capability with its force of part-time interviewers (ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 per year). He’s edited books on hard-to-survey populations, total survey error, and methods for multinational and multicultural surveys (which won the 2014 AAPOR Book Award). His teaching experience includes: short courses at AAPOR, the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, and the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute.
 
Brad has chaired two AAPOR committees: the Janet Harkness Student Award Committee and the Endowment Committee (which established the Bud Roper Fellow Award). He was Membership Chair on Executive Council, and co-founded two affinity groups –- the first multilingual/multicultural interest group (predating the current one) and GAAPOR. Brad conceived and implemented Speed Networking at the annual conference to introduce job seekers to employers. He was DC AAPOR president and led a by-laws committee that developed its first voting process for officers. He has attended more than 30 AAPOR conferences. 
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council? 
Challenges:
(1) The long decline of trust in polling, democratic institutions, professional expertise, science, and facts, and
(2) Conflating accuracy in horserace polling with the value of everything else we do.
 
Opportunities:
(1) Expanding ways social media can re-energize survey research and amplify AAPOR’s voice. It seems like the whole world has become hard to survey. Social media can be harnessed to help us move where people have already moved, and engage the public in new ways.
(2) Nurturing diversity throughout our organization.    

How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
My career has bridged the commercial and nonprofit/academic/government worlds. It has spanned many domains (e.g., health, economics, education, human development, voting behavior).
 
Growing up gay gave me an outsider’s perspective and an appreciation for struggles that others endure. As a manager I’ve learned how to lead, how to benefit from diversity, how to get the best out of everyone, and how to get a team working together effectively and even with joy. Service on Council made me keenly aware that a year passes very quickly, and the president must have a laser focus to accomplish anything. I excel at zooming between the big pictures and the nuts and bolts.
 
And as an unusual testament to what I can bring to our association, FOUR DIFFERENT AAPOR Councils and Nominations Committees have selected me to run for president.
 
I’ve chosen to keep this short, but if you want more, there’s always Facebook, Twitter (@brad1723), and Google (Brad Edwards, Westat). 

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Anna Wiencrot - Candidate for Associate Secretary-Treasurer

Anna Wiencrot is a Senior Research Director in the Health Sciences Department at NORC at the University of Chicago. She is currently the Project Director for the Maternal and Child Health Jurisdictional Survey, a survey to collect key maternal and child health indicators in American Samoa, Palau, Guam, US Virgin Islands, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Federated States of Micronesia. She is the Associate Project Director of the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), a large, national, longitudinal study that integrates survey and biomeasure data collection to examine health and social relationships of older adults. In addition, she leads a project with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau examining the core outcomes for children and youth with special health care needs and the measurement of these outcomes on the National Survey of Children’s Health.
Wiencrot has extensive experience in project management and budgeting, as well as data collection training and oversight. She has co-authored papers and presentations on data collection topics such as household screening, training, and gaining cooperation. She holds an MPH in MCH Epidemiology from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

For over 10 years, Wiencrot has been actively involved with AAPOR. She has been honored to have served many volunteer roles in the years since that first conference, including as the Education Committee Chair and the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee Chair. She recently served on the Bylaws Review Committee and helped organized a series of workshops of data collection during the pandemic. She currently volunteers on the AAPOR Award Committee and on the Communications Committee as the liaison to the Finance Committee. Based in Chicago, IL, she is a proud member of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR).

Anna says: "Without a doubt, working with AAPOR has been a highlight of my career and has been incredibly fulfilling, both personally and professionally. I am honored to be nominated for Associate Secretary-Treasurer. If elected, I will embrace the opportunity to bring my experience and dedication to this new and exciting role.”

What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
It goes without saying that the past year has brought unprecedented change to our lives. Seeing the resilience and ingenuity of the public opinion and survey research community during this time has been astounding. In this period of uncertainty and challenges, AAPOR successfully moved its conference online, kept its membership engaged, and is now thoughtfully planning for a second remote conference. However, two years without an in-person conference and the revenue that it generates, combined with recent declines in membership, poses a significant challenge to the long term financial stability of AAPOR. The Secretary-Treasurer will play a key role during the coming year in addressing this challenge, including reevaluating budget projections based on current trends, looking for ways to increase efficiencies and cost savings, and identifying ways to increase revenue. I welcome the opportunity to work with the Secretary-Treasurer and Executive council to carefully steward AAPOR’s finances as we come out of this difficult period, maintaining and fortifying AAPOR’s long-term financial health, through sponsorship, development, and investment activities.
 
How do your background and experience prepare you for this position? 
I am fortunate to have had the chance to serve AAPOR as both Education Chair and Membership and Chapter Relations Chair, as well as on ad hoc committees and task forces, allowing me the chance to gain a greater understanding of AAPOR’s activities, structure, and key revenue drivers. This understanding will help prepare me to look at AAPOR’s budget with insight into the many factors that impact our finances, short- and long-term. In addition, managing complex budgets is a key part of my day-to-day work directing projects and overseeing data collection for large field surveys at NORC at the University of Chicago. I am responsible for having a clear understanding of my projects’ revenue, staffing, and challenges and for identifying ways to adapt and change when needed. It’s a challenging part of my job that I truly enjoy and I will bring this care and attention to detail to AAPOR finances in the role of Associate Secretary-Treasurer. I am grateful for the opportunity to bring my experience to this exciting new role!
 
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David Wilson - Candidate for Associate Secretary-Treasurer

David Christopher Wilson is the Senior Associate Dean (Social Sciences) in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware, and a Professor in the departments of Political Science & Internal Relations, and Psychological & Brain Sciences. Prior to his appointment at UD, David was a consultant/trainer for the SPSS statistical software company, and senior researcher with the Gallup Organization in Washington, DC.
David has been actively engaged with many professional associations and advisory boards. He has an extensive publication and scholarship record. His research, teaching, and professional activities cover survey research methods, public opinion experiments, political psychology, racial attitudes, and American politics. While at Gallup, he was an inaugural recipient of AAPOR’s Burns Roper conference fellowship.
David has been a strong supporter of AAPOR, serving in many roles including as Councilor At-Large (2017-19); sitting on Public Opinion Quarterly’s Editorial Board and Advisory Committee; serving on the Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Book Award, and Diversity Coordinating Committees; chairing the Best Book Award, Mitofsky Innovator’s Award, and Diversity Pipeline Award Committees; and serving on the 2019-20 Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of AAPOR’s Journals. In 2019, David worked with the Diversity Coordinating Committee and Executive Council to establish AAPOR’s Inclusive Voices Award, and the Student-Faculty Diversity Pipeline Award. David is currently serving on 2020 Election Task Force and the Ad Hoc Committee on Publisher Options.

David is a military veteran having served 19 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, including combat tours for Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He spends his spare time traveling, mountain hiking, road bike cycling, and playing racquetball. He earned a BA in government from Western Kentucky University, a joint MPA degree in public policy analysis and urban studies, and a PhD in political science, from Michigan State University.

What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
Our key challenges center on preparing AAPOR for a future of professionally and demographically diverse survey researchers and consumers of survey data. AAPOR must continue its strategies aimed at diversifying the discipline and practice, and become as bold in its commitment to justice (e.g., inclusive voices, equity) as it is about ethical practice and methodological rigor. As Secretary-Treasurer, I would promote data collection efforts that enhance our membership pipeline and retention, and offer a supportive voice to our [excellent tradition of] efforts to create a sense of community and belonging that rivals best practices for professional associations. Also, AAPOR should continue to adopt more technological innovations that help the public become better consumers of survey and polling information. This will mean considering more partnerships with print and digital outlets. Finally, our member organizations need to increase and improve “data-sharing” and apprenticeship partnerships that mirror the R&D labs of other scientific industries; particularly collaborations with academic and non-profit institutions. The public needs to know that we do so much more than predict elections. Ultimately, my goal will be to continually communicate why AAPOR should be the professional and intellectual home for those interested in any and all aspects of survey methods and practice, public opinion research and reporting, social statistics, and democratic values and justice.

How do your background and experience prepare you for this [Secretary-Treasurer] position?
My research and administrative identities are interdisciplinary, and my personal background and professional experiences are “diverse.” In addition to my academic practice in the social sciences, I have work experience in the public (e.g., MLK Federal Holiday Commission, U.S. Army), non-profit (Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation), and private (e.g., Gallup, SPSS) sectors, and take pride in having visited all 50 of the United States, and six world continents. My personal, professional, and recreational experiences provide me with an appreciation of different perspectives, especially in leadership decision-making. I welcome and enjoy the practice of idea sharing and debate, but also attention to details and record keeping (i.e., data collection). As an administrator of a large academic enterprise, I am also experienced with managing multi-million dollar budgets and investment portfolios, reviewing bylaws and policy, and working with other leaders in support of a common mission. Having served on the AAPOR Executive Council, I have been privileged (literally) to witness how Secretary-Treasurer predescessors took great pride in executing their duties with integrity and accountability. It would be a honor to follow in their steps and contribute whatever energy I can to complement their legacies, and give back to AAPOR and the survey research industry that helped to shape my success. Summarily, I relish being a part of a leadership team whose responsiblities include service, engagement, and action; and I hope to bring a diverse perspective to the Council and role of Secretary-Treasurer.
 
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Liz Hamel - Candidate for Councilor-at-Large
 
Liz Hamel is Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). She has two decades of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research aimed at giving the public a voice in health policy debates. In her role at KFF, she directs research on a variety of health topics, including people’s experiences in the health care system, the affordability of health care and insurance, and the role of health care in elections. Most recently, she spearheaded the launch of the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, an ongoing research project tracking the U.S. public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. At KFF, Liz has also led survey research projects on a wide range of topics including hurricane recovery, race and gender attitudes, climate change, and life in rural America, among others. Many of these projects have been in collaboration with KFF’s new media partners, including The Washington Post, CNN, and The Economist.
 
Liz’s work has appeared in International Journal of Public Opinion Research; Health Affairs; Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law; and Columbia Journalism Review, and she is the co-author of several book chapters. She is a regular presenter at AAPOR and PAPOR conferences, as well as a frequent speaker to various health policy audiences. She is very proud to be part of the team from KFF that won the AAPOR Policy Impact Award in 2015. Liz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.
 
Liz has been a member of AAPOR since 2002 and served as Membership and Chapter Relations Chair in 2012-2013. As MCR Chair, she focused on strengthening relations between AAPOR and its chapters and increasing outreach and supports for students and early career members. She has also served on various AAPOR committees over the years, including Education, Nominations, Bylaws review, Student paper award, and Conference abstract review. She is also active in PAPOR and has served several stints on PAPOR’s Executive Council, including as Conference Chair (2010) and President (2006). Liz is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
The challenges facing the fields of public opinion and survey research are well-documented and include declining response rates and rising costs associated with traditional data collection methods, declining public trust in polls in light of real and perceived “misses” in election polling, and the challenges and opportunities presented by the rise of “big data” as an alternative or augmentation to traditional survey methods. AAPOR is uniquely positioned to help researchers navigate these challenges and opportunities by convening experts and practitioners across sectors to study problems, test solutions, and share ideas and knowledge. As Councilor-at-large, one way I would play a role in addressing these challenges is by serving as a liaison to the AAPOR task forces that are periodically brought together to study problems and write reports that may offer guidance to AAPOR members and others in the public opinion and survey research field. I see these reports as a great service to AAPOR members and would be excited to facilitate their creation and dissemination.
 
How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
Based on the Councilor-at-large position description, I believe the ideal candidate is someone who is organized, can gather and synthesize information from various AAPOR constituencies to respond to issues as they arise, and has a broad perspective on the issues facing AAPOR.

My long history of AAPOR membership and service on various committees across the organization has prepared me well for this role. As MCR Chair, I was responsible for managing a large committee with multiple subcommittees, and I interacted with AAPOR members from diverse backgrounds, learning what different groups of individuals were looking to get out of their AAPOR membership. I also have a good perspective on some of the more institutional issues facing AAPOR from my previous service on Council and on the Bylaws review committee. My professional experience has also prepared me well for this position. Working on a small, nimble team in a fast-paced polling environment means I am used to wearing many “hats” and jumping in to solve new problems as they arise, experience that will serve me well when taking on various duties that arise in the course of Councilor-at-large service.

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Joe Murphy - Candidate for Councilor-at-Large
 
Joe Murphy is a senior survey methodologist at RTI International with 23 years of industry experience. Joe researches the application of new technologies to improve the quality, relevance, and efficiency of survey research. He manages large survey projects, investigating optimal designs for multimode data collection and applying data visualization techniques to draw insights from survey data and paradata. Joe is also an expert in the use and analysis of social media to supplement survey data. His significant research experience includes the substantive topics of energy, hospitals and health care, and substance use and mental health.
 
Joe’s research has been included in over 40 peer-review journals and publications, including Public Opinion Research, the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, and the American Journal of Public Health.  He was a co-editor of the Wiley publication Social Media, Sociality and Survey Research.  Additionally, Joe serves as a guest lecturer at institutions such as the University of Michigan’s Responsive Survey Design Workshop and the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina.
 
Before joining RTI International, Joe led data collection and analysis tasks at the National Opinion Research Center and the Urban Institute. He earned an MA in Applied Demography from Georgetown University in 1997.
 
Joe has been an AAPOR member since 2002. He served on Executive Council as Membership and Chapter Relations Chair; was Co-Chair of the Task Force on Emerging Technologies in Public Opinion Research which released two important and highly cited AAPOR Reports: Social Media and Public Opinion Research and Mobile Technologies for Conducting, Augmenting and Potentially Replacing Surveys; and served as a member of the AAPOR Data Falsification Task Force, Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition Review Committee, AAPOR2025 Strategic Vision Task Force, and Communications Committee. Over the years, Joe has also taught short courses, presented webinars, and organized panels for AAPOR. For the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR), Joe served as Councilor-at-Large, Secretary-Treasurer, Conference Chair, and President. In 2016, Joe was named a MAPOR Fellow.
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
The AAPOR Councilors-at-Large have special responsibilities for both established and ad hoc tasks. Established tasks like convening the AAPOR Book Award and Mitofsky Innovators Award committees require experience and a deep knowledge of public opinion research. They also require the ability to identify and secure the participation of diverse groups of busy professionals. These awards reflect on the contributions of AAPOR and provide the opportunity to share AAPOR’s value with the broader researcher community. I anticipate spending the time and care to organize these tasks in a way that positively builds AAPOR’s legacy.
 
The Councilors-at-Large also serve as advisors to Public Opinion Quarterly. I have been involved with POQ as both an author and reviewer and look forward to sharing my experience and advice to advance AAPOR’s flagship journal.
 
Another key responsibility of the Councilors-at-Large is to serve as a liaison for ad hoc task forces and outside organizations. As someone with significant AAPOR and Council experience, I understand that these task forces and projects can take a variety of forms and require different approaches. For example, when helping to organize the task force on Social Media and Public Opinion Research, I was challenged with engaging experts outside the realm of survey research to best represent the state of the art in social media research. Putting in the time and outreach effort helped produce a report that has served as an important go-to resource both inside and outside AAPOR.
 
How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
As someone with a long history with AAPOR, its chapters, and similar associations, I’m prepared to draw on my knowledge of where the organization has been to help position AAPOR for the future. My career in survey methodology has instilled an appreciation for the importance of transparency, standards, and ethics. All of these qualities are core to AAPOR’s mission and goals.
 
Specifically, I see the organization continuing to play an important role informing standards for new data collection and incorporating auxiliary data sources in public opinion research.  To best inform, and be informed by the larger research community, AAPOR must encourage a diverse and multidisciplinary membership. We should educate, and be educated by, scientists in adjacent fields, the media, and junior members just starting as public opinion researchers.
 
I’ve seen from experience outside AAPOR that the standards for ethics and transparency are not shared universally. This makes it clear just how important these ideals are and how AAPOR can advocate for appropriate research methods across the realm of public opinion research. I look forward to drawing on my experience to help advance AAPOR’s mission and core values more broadly.

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Yazmin Garcia-Trejo - Candidate for Associate Communications Chair

Dr. Yazmín García Trejo works as a social science researcher in the U.S. Census Bureau's Center for Behavioral Science Methods. She is a member of the Language and Cross-Cultural Research group. She was also part of the team of researchers who worked on the foundational research for the 2020 Census communications campaign. Her expertise is on survey methodology, pre-testing (cognitive interviews and usability testing) and communications research with a focus on hard-to-count populations. She holds a Ph.D. in political science, and M.A. degrees in survey research and Latin American studies from the University of Connecticut. 
 
Dr. García Trejo highly values service opportunities on professional organizations. For AAPOR, she served on the Communications committee from 2017-2019. During her tenure, she served as a liaison for the Diversity, Transparency Initiative, and Conference committees. She currently serves on the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas in the Profession. She also volunteers for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).
 
During her professional career, Dr. García Trejo has received several awards and fellowships. She was a gratis scholar at El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies (2016-2018), an American Dissertation fellow at the American Association University Women (2013-2014), a research fellow in-residence at American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (2013-2015), and an awardee for the Warren J. Mitofsky Summer Research Award from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (2007). Currently, she is a senior fellow at the Institute for Humanist Studies. Her list of publications can be found here. Her research has been featured in the Census blog, in the New York Times and in BYU radio.
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
If elected these will be my main priorities as a member of the AAPOR Council:

  1. Continuity. I propose to start documenting the lessons learned from past communications committee members and chairs. This document should help us identify topics that need to have a continuity in the next years. For example, we can learn about committee successes and how to replicate them. We can also learn about greatest challenges encountered in the past years and how to address them.

  2. AAPOR experts and media. I propose to review the current list of vetted AAPOR experts who interact with the media.  The revisions should give us the opportunity to identify necessary updates to the list in terms of diversity, media training opportunities, and experts who can do interviews in several languages.

  3. Interpreting race and ethnic groups in surveys. Through my participation in the executive council I would like to urge members to invite experts, scholars, and journalists to develop guidelines regarding the reporting of racial and ethnic groups who are often underrepresented in surveys. This document that can be used to communicate with the public about how to discuss race and ethnicity in public opinion.

How do your background and experience prepare you for this position? 
As a candidate for the chair of the communications team at AAPOR I bring a wealth for research skills and experience. As researcher at the Census, I was part of the team designing and implementing the foundational research for the 2020 Census communications campaign. I worked specifically on the Census Barriers Attitudes and Motivators Study (nationally representative survey, focus groups and audience segmentation) which provided data-based evidence on the development of advertisement for the 2020 Census. I am currently participating in various reports examining the data collected during the massive advertisement campaign.
 
My experience at AAPOR has also prepared me for collaborating with the executive council. I served on the Communications committee from 2017-2019. I served as a liaison for the Diversity, Transparency Initiative, and Conference committees. Since 2016, I made various recommendations to the organization. For example, after noticing the lack of nursing rooms at the annual conference, I proposed the idea of including one to the 2017 Conference Chair. The lactation room has been available since. In 2017, after observing inappropriate behavior by an attendee at the annual conference and realizing that AAPOR did not have a process for reporting harassment, I reached out to AAPOR’s executive director to urge on the creation of a code of conduct. I am aware of the responsibilities and commitments expected in AAPOR’s executive council and I value the opportunity to continue working with others to bring new initiatives to the organization.

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Emily Geisen - Candidate for Associate Communications Chair
 
Emily Geisen is a Senior Experience Management (XM) Scientist at Qualtrics. She specializes in questionnaire design with a focus on web survey usability in order to improve data quality and reduce respondent burden. In her role at Qualtrics, Emily finds opportunities to leverage science to provide guidance to product development teams, create solutions to help customers close experience gaps, and embed best practices into the Qualtrics platform. Prior to Qualtrics she spent 16 years as a Survey Methodologist at RTI International where she managed RTI’s cognitive and usability laboratory. She also specialized in surveying physicians and patient populations. She is the lead author of the 2017 book, Usability Testing for Survey Research, and has taught a short course on the same topic at conferences and organizations around the world (including AAPOR). She is Editor-in-Chief for AAPOR’s online journal Survey Practice. Emily also teaches a graduate course on Questionnaire Design at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and teaches an online graduate course on Usability Testing for the International Program for Survey and Data Science (Mannheim, Germany). She received a MS in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan and a BA in Psychology and Statistics from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.
 
Emily has been an avid member of AAPOR since 2005 and has served the AAPOR community in a variety of ways. Currently, Emily serves as the Editor-in-Chief for AAPOR’s online journal Survey Practice; she served as Associate Editor for 3 years prior to that. She served as AAPOR Membership and Chapter Relations (MCR) Associate Chair/Chair from 2017 to 2019 and as the MCR Communications subcommittee chair from 2015-2017. In 2016, she taught an AAPOR short course. She also served as the 2010 SAPOR conference chair. Emily’s enthusiasm for AAPOR can also be seen in the series of humorous AAPOR videos that she has helped to produce for the delight and amusement of AAPOR members. 
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council? 
In this era of fake news, one of the key challenges facing AAPOR is the public’s general distrust in science, data, and statistics. As Communications Chair, I will have an opportunity to build back that trust by (1) further promoting the work that AAPOR does to encourage transparency, and (2) making AAPOR and its members’ work more accessible by sharing it across multiple channels (e.g., journals, webinars, blog pots, social media, mainstream media, youtube) to reach a broader audience.
 
Another opportunity I see is to close the experience gap for AAPOR members who are not able to attend the AAPOR conference in person every year (even during non-pandemic times). I would love to tell you that I have been to every AAPOR conference since I knew what AAPOR was, but I have not. Because of that, I recognize that simply loving AAPOR does not guarantee that you are able to attend the conference. Sometimes life interferes in the form of graduations, weddings, babies, health, lack of funding, or impossible deadlines. But this past year has taught me that there are ways to engage and belong even when we cannot see each other in person. As communications chair, I will look for ways to better the experience of those who cannot attend the conference in person, but still want to learn, engage, and connect to other AAPOR members throughout the year.

How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
My previous experience in AAPOR executive council (2017 to 2019), chair of the MCR communications subcommittee, and my role as Survey Practice Editor-in-Chief have prepared me in part for this role. Furthermore, I have communications experience related to preparing content for blog posts, giving webinars, and working with journalists to promote research results. However, the primary thing that has prepared me for this position is my enthusiasm for AAPOR and the desire for everyone else to get as much value from it as I do.

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Kyley McGeeney - Candidate for Associate Conference Chair
 
Kyley McGeeney is a Research Scientist at Facebook on the Demography and Survey Science team. In this role she conducts internal quantitative and qualitative market research to inform Facebook strategy. She was previously the Vice President of Survey Methods at PSB where she led the research contract for the 2020 Census Integrated Communications Campaign and served as a methodology consultant to researchers company-wide. McGeeney’s expertise includes overall research design, pre-election polling, sampling, questionnaire design, data collection protocol, weighting, analysis, and new survey technologies. Her past work includes the AAPOR 2016 Election Polling report as well as studies for the Air Force, Navy, Department of Labor, Department of State, and Sallie Mae. She is co-author of numerous publications, studying online panels, comparing web to telephone surveys, examining the use of technology for surveys (mobile, texting, apps) as well as reviewing more traditional telephone survey methods.

Prior to joining PSB, McGeeney had over a decade of experience as a methodologist at Pew Research Center and at Gallup. McGeeney is a graduate of The New School, and she earned her Master of Professional Studies degree in Applied Statistics at Cornell University. McGeeney currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and as Associate Chair of the Membership Drive subcommittee of the AAPOR Membership and Chapter Relations committee. She has previously served on the AAPOR Executive Council as Education Chair, as Chair of the AAPOR Online Education Subcommittee, on the AAPOR Standards Committee, and as the 2020 Program Chair on the DC-AAPOR Executive Council. Beyond professional organizations McGeeney serves on the Board of Directors of the Lilabean Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer, on the St. Bernadette’s School Advisory Board, and as Chair of the Merchandise Committee for the Woodmoor Pinecrest Citizens’ Association.

What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
The first challenge is transitioning back to an in-person conference, which would likely happen while I’m Associate Conference Chair in 2022. We had just started incorporating live streaming at the last in-person conference in 2019 but it’s clear a higher level of remote accessibility will become the norm after the pandemic. Finding a sustainable way to support this while still fostering a sense of community and creating revenue will be a key issue.
 
The next challenge is strengthening the field by incorporating new methods into the conference, which will simultaneously help combat the image that polling is somehow “dead.” Increasingly survey researchers are using new methods of data collection, including leveraging non-survey data, as well as new analytic methods to understand public opinion. The conference is the space to share these techniques and teachings so we can collectively bolster the field of survey research.

The last challenge is how to increase the size of AAPOR’s tent, in terms of both attendees and reach. Historically, AAPOR conference attendees came from numerous fields such as political science, sociology, psychology, journalism and statistics. We also had representation from across industries such as partisan political pollsters, media pollsters, government employees, and academics. Increasingly we’ve lost some of that diversity and need to regain it to keep both the conference and the profession robust. Finding a way to both reach these groups through marketing and attract them through programming will be more important than ever.

How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
This role requires two separate skills, both which I have. The first is a strong foundation in survey research in order to put together the best conference from an intellectual perspective. The second is a strong work ethic, especially in a volunteer position, to complete the enormous task of organizing such a conference.

In relation to the former, I’ve been extremely active in the survey research world for many years including working as a methodologist, conducting research, serving in professional organizations, attending conferences, and publishing articles. In relation to the latter I have proven from my past service to AAPOR and the other board positions I hold that I am a workhorse when it comes to volunteering. Not only am I willing to put in the time, I’m also incredibly enthusiastic about doing so and love bringing new ideas to the table. It would be an honor to bring that energy and commitment to the AAPOR Conference Committee.

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Brady West - Candidate for Associate Conference Chair
 
Brady T. West is a Research Associate Professor in the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research, located on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus. He conducts original research on a variety of problems in survey methodology, applied statistics, and public health, and has published widely on each of these topics. Brady teaches graduate courses in survey methodology and applied statistics for the Michigan and Joint Programs in Survey Methodology, and he regularly teaches short courses for a variety of audiences. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, the AAPOR short course subcommittee chair, and a member of the AAPOR Innovators Award subcommittee. He also currently serves the American Statistical Association as the 2021 program chair for the Survey Research Methods Section.
 
AAPOR has been an integral part of his professional development. Ever since winning the Seymour Sudman student paper award at his first annual conference in 2009, he has served on the AAPOR short course subcommittee and reviewed abstracts for the annual conference. He was eventually nominated to run for associate education chair in 2016, ultimately joining the AAPOR executive council from 2016-2018. This gave him valuable leadership experience, and was a time period of professional growth that he truly cherished. Under his leadership, AAPOR expanded its educational offerings and commitment to diversity, and AAPOR’s educational programming continued to thrive. He has also presented several short courses and webinars for AAPOR, MAPOR, and DC-AAPOR, trying to remain “hands-on” in his educational leadership.
 
Brady has been fortunate to serve under several excellent and inspirational conference chairs, and has truly admired watching Kristen Olson’s passionate efforts this year (especially under such difficult circumstances). He is honored to have been nominated to run for associate conference chair, and he vows to combine his love and dedication to AAPOR with the experience that he has gained working with past conference chairs to develop an amazing pair of annual conferences. He sincerely thanks the current executive council for their time and consideration, and greatly looks forward to this opportunity!
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
As the incoming associate conference chair, I would be the first to acknowledge that Zoom fatigue and virtual conference burnout are real issues. Kristen and the rest of the conference committee have worked tirelessly to craft another outstanding virtual annual conference, but there is a real chance (fingers crossed) that we will have in-person annual conferences once again in 2022 and 2023. This will be an important transition period for AAPOR, and the prospect of studying all of the public health and safety implications of organizing an in-person conference for more than a thousand people is a daunting one. I would relish the opportunity to work closely with Darby and take a “safety first” approach to organizing a valuable and meaningful annual conference, fostering an atmosphere where AAPOR members will feel safe in transitioning back to the in-person gathering and socialization that we all enjoy.
 
At the same time, there is also a real possibility that in-person conferences would still not be in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety. I would hope to listen to the AAPOR membership and follow the best public health guidance and research on this topic in making an informed decision about having another virtual conference. If necessary, I would work closely with Darby to put together the best possible virtual conference that we can, researching innovative methods of presentation, developing effective networking tools for the virtual format, and most importantly leveraging the experience gained by Mandy and Kristen in 2020 and 2021.
 
How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
First, I have gained valuable experience in recent years organizing large professional conferences. I am currently the SRMS program chair for ASA, and I actually had to serve in a similar position last year when the previous program chair stepped down unexpectedly. This has given me invaluable experience building a meaningful conference program on survey research methods. I’ve also served on the organizing committees of international conferences on Total Survey Error (TSE15) and Interviewer Effects (Nebraska, 2019), further adding to my conference planning experience.
 
Second, I learned a great deal from my recent service on the AAPOR executive council as the Education committee chair. I will draw on this experience to not only plan the best possible conferences, but also to continue addressing other issues that are critical to the broader AAPOR membership, such as diversity, that I started working on five years ago. I truly enjoy networking and building relationships with my fellow AAPOR members, and my collaborative spirit, positive energy, and resourcefulness would all benefit the work of the conference committee in putting together the best possible conferences.
 
Finally, via my wide-ranging scientific activities and dedication to the profession, I’ve become intimately familiar with the most important problems facing our field today. This background will help to facilitate the construction of engaging and thought-provoking sessions that will maximize the scientific benefit of the annual conference for AAPOR members. I feel that my work ethic and dedication to our field will be a very good fit for this position.
 
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Douglas Currivan - Candidate for Associate Education Chair
 
Doug Currivan is Director of the Program for Research in Survey Methodology at RTI International and a Senior Survey Methodologist. He earned a PhD in Sociology from The University of Iowa, with an emphasis in social research methods. His primary areas of survey research interest include developing plans to reduce nonresponse bias, designing multimode surveys using address-based sampling (ABS), measuring sensitive behaviors via computerized self-administration methods, and assessing interviewer and supervisor effects on data quality.

Doug has served as Chair of the AAPOR Online Education Subcommittee since 2018 and has been a member of AAPOR Short Course Subcommittee since 2017. Previously, he was a member of the AAPOR Communications Committee from 2016 to 2018 and was responsible for reviewing the monthly AAPOR newsletter. He also served on the Conference Support Subcommittee, organized the docent program for the 2014 and 2015 AAPOR conferences, and served as a docent for these and other AAPOR annual conferences.

Doug has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2005 and at Duke University since 2017. He teaches courses in survey research methods to graduate students in the social sciences on both campuses. From 2009 through 2017, he taught the courses Data Collection Methods in Survey Research and Case Studies in Survey Methodology for graduate students at UNC and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. In his first professional position at the Center of Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts at Boston from 1998 through 2003, he taught courses in survey methods and other social science research methods.  

What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council? 
In an era of increasing measurement needs, declining response rates, and increasingly limited budgets, survey researchers are challenged to collect high quality data. This challenge provides an opportunity for AAPOR to continue to lead efforts to refine and expand best practices in survey and polling methods. This also provides an opportunity for AAPOR to cultivate and showcase innovations to improve survey and polling methods.
 
The Associate Education Chair plays a key role in helping AAPOR maintain high quality educational programs that promote survey and polling best practices and lifelong learning among the membership. This is critical to ensure AAPOR remains a primary source of opportunities for members to grow their careers and disseminate their knowledge and expertise throughout the field.
 
Serving as chair of the Online Education Subcommittee and a member of the Short Course Subcommittee has provided an opportunity to help AAPOR increase the diversity of Webinar presenters and short course instructors. This goal is important for AAPOR to continue to grow its membership by attracting researchers and practitioners from a wider variety of backgrounds. During my tenure as chair of the AAPOR Online Education Subcommittee, this team has successfully increased the number of female presenters, first-time presenters, and non-AAPOR member presenters. Continuing to increase the diversity of those who provide continuing education to members and nonmembers will help AAPOR broaden our membership.
 
How do your background and experience prepare you for this position? 
As noted in my biography, survey methods education has been a key component of my career. During my time at the Center of Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and at RTI International, I have taught multiple courses in survey methods and other social science research methods. Currently, I teach the course Data Collection Methods in Survey Research for graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. These teaching experiences regularly remind me how important it is for survey researchers to facilitate ongoing learning for current and future survey and polling professionals.
 
My time leading the Online Education Subcommittee and serving on the Short Course Subcommittee has provided a greater understanding and appreciation of AAPOR’s outstanding educational programs. These educational programs provide members excellent opportunities for continuing education and have been an important part of my own further education in survey methods. Serving as Associate Education Chair will allow me to help the Education Committee further improve these programs and meet the needs of current and new AAPOR members.

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James Wagner - Candidate for Associate Education Chair
 
James Wagner, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center (UM-SRC). He has been working on surveys and methodological research in a number of different settings for more than 25 years. His current research is in the area of nonresponse and methods for addressing it during data collection. In particular, he has focused on the use of responsive and adaptive designs for controlling nonresponse. He is co-author of a book (2017) entitled Adaptive Survey Design. He has published articles in a variety of journals, including the three AAPOR-sponsored journals, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, and Survey Practice. He has served as an Associate Editor on two journals – Survey Research Methods and the Journal of Official Statistics. He teaches courses on statistics, sampling, and methods for dealing with nonresponse during data collection through the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (MPSM) and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM). Further, he served from 2016 to 2020 as the Associate Director of the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology. He has taught several short courses, including at the AAPOR conference. He currently directs, along with Brady West, an educational program offering short courses on responsive survey design.
 
Wagner has served in several roles for AAPOR. He served on the MAPOR Executive Council in 2013-2014. He has twice taught short courses at the annual conference and also gave an AAPOR-sponsored webinar. In 2018, he participated in the SurveyFest event in Chicago and included two students from MPSM to discuss their experiences. He served on the Task Force on Transitions from Telephone to Self-Administered and Mixed Mode Surveys. He has recently served on two AAPOR ad hoc committees related to the AAPOR journals. The first was the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of AAPOR Journals. He is currently serving on the Ad Hoc Committee on the Governance of AAPOR Journals. He was also on the AAPOR 2021 Conference Abstract Review Committee.

What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
AAPOR has developed an excellent educational program. The webinar series has become a very useful resource for AAPOR members. Additionally, the short courses offered annually at the conference have become another important avenue for professional development. Maintaining these programs while continuing to diversify the content will be a key task for the Education Committee.
 
Further, I expect that the AAPOR Executive Council will need to consider the recommendations made by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Governance of AAPOR Journals. My prior experience on the ad hoc committee has given me the opportunity to talk with a variety of people and learn about how these journals function and issues they may face.

How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?​
My background is well suited for the role of Associate Education Chair. In terms of the educational program, I have experience managing short course and professional development programs. I also have experience offering, through AAPOR, both short courses and webinars. The teaching that I have done has brought me in contact with students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including those who are new to our field, undergraduate students interested in our field, students seeking graduate degrees, and working professionals. The educational programs of AAPOR have to meet the needs of a diverse constituency.
 
In terms of the governance AAPOR-sponsored journals, I have also been involved in two recent committees, one that was charged with examining the relationship between AAPOR and the journals and a second committee charged with making recommendations about these relationships. My involvement with these committees have allowed me to learn valuable background information and talk to persons involved about issues and challenges. Making sure that these journals meet the needs of the membership is an important and ongoing task for the AAPOR Executive Council.

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Ana Gonzalez-Barrera - Candidate for Associate Inclusion and Equity Chair
 
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. She has over ten years of experience analyzing and surveying the Hispanic population in the U.S. She is also an expert on U.S. immigration, particularly on Mexican immigration to the U.S. and border apprehensions and deportations. Before joining Pew Research Center in 2011, she served as director of population distribution at the Mexican Population Council (CONAPO). Prior to that, she worked for over four years at CIDE in Mexico, where she coordinated two rounds of the Mexico and the Americas public opinion survey in 2004 and 2010. She received an MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, where she was a Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholar.

Ms. Gonzalez-Barrera joined AAPOR in 2013 and has been an active member of the Association since. She has been a member of MCR’s Diversity Subcommittee since its inception in 2015 and was its chair for three years from 2017 to 2020. She was also a member of AAPOR’s Ad-Hoc Diversity Working group in 2016. Also, together with former AAPOR President Rob Santos, she founded the Hispanic affinity group HISP-AAPOR in 2016, which they continue to co-chair to date. She has also taken part in the selection committees for the Inclusive Voices Award, the Policy Impact Award, the Seymor Sudman Student Paper Award and the Student Travel Award. At the chapter-level, she participated as a mentor on DC-AAPOR’s Diversity Subcommittee’s mentorship program from 2019 to 2020.

In addition, at Pew Research Center she was a member of the first cohort of its Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Council from 2018-2020.

What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
In the last five years, AAPOR has taken some solid steps to address key issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). However, there are still many areas where work needs to happen. If chosen to lead, I will continue working to help address what I see as the main areas of opportunity. First, we would build on the work that the Diversity Coordinating Committee, and Diversity Subcommittees have done by making sure initiatives like SurveyFest, Send-A-Speaker, Inclusive Voices Award, Student-Faculty Diversity Pipeline Award, conference accessibility initiatives and the Code of Conduct remain functional and address the goals they were created for. Second, we would increase the outreach and communication of AAPOR beyond its traditional channels, in order to include a more diverse pipeline for membership, award competition and to also help diversify the talent pipeline for the profession overall. Third, we would increase DEI-competency among AAPOR members through training opportunities at conferences, webinars, a mentorship program, and DEI in-depth training for the executive council. Fourth, we would continue to increase diversity in AAPOR’s volunteer base by keeping metrics of it and modifying the way Committee positions are filled, while also ensuring there is a more inclusive leadership pipeline, partly through diversification of the volunteer base and partly through a mentoring program designed for AAPOR leadership. Finally, we would leverage the capabilities of existing affinity groups to also help increase outreach and to further the presence of underrepresented groups, while encouraging new affinity groups to form where there is a clear space for it.
 
How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
Increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in my surroundings is close to my heart and I have about six years of experience working formally on the issue at AAPOR and Pew Research Center.  
 
I have been involved with AAPOR’s DEI efforts almost from inception. In 2016, under the leadership of Mollyann Brodie, I collaborated in AAPOR’s Ad-Hoc Diversity Working Group. Our main product was an ambitious, multidimensional implementation plan with short, medium and long-term action items to increase and nurture AAPOR’s diversity. Among the most visible results of the plan to date has been the creation of SurveyFest, the creation of two diversity-related awards, and making sure that diversity is a criterion for conference content, award selection, volunteer base selection, and the selection of nominees to run for elections.
In my capacity as longstanding member and former chair of MCR’s Diversity Subcommittee, I participated in crafting AAPOR’s first Diversity Statement, and helped put in action a number of the initiatives highlighted in the strategic plan.  
 
In 2016, together with former AAPOR President Rob Santos, we founded the Hispanic affinity group HISP-AAPOR, which responded directly to a need I identified during my participation in AAPOR’s diversity initiatives: to make Hispanic members and Hispanic research more prominent at AAPOR conferences and the profession overall.
 
As a member of Pew Research Center’s first Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Council from 2018 to 2020, I participated in multiple strategies to increase the diversity of the organization with tangible and far-reaching results.

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Rodney Terry - Candidate for Associate Inclusion and Equity Chair

Rodney L. Terry, Ph.D. is a research psychologist at the Center for Behavioral Science Methods, U.S. Census Bureau. With nearly 12 years of experience applying qualitative and mixed methods in survey research, he first arrived to the Census Bureau conducting questionnaire pretesting to help improve the measurement of race and ethnicity. His work then expanded to other survey research topics, including coverage error, interviewer-respondent interaction, and the impact of race, ethnicity, language, and other cultural factors on data collection and analysis. With a focus on culture being a common thread throughout his career, he then pursued opportunities in his mid-career to lead projects that address equity and inclusion in the workplace, including qualitative research to identify barriers to workplace inclusion for first-generation professionals, and survey research addressing general employee retention issues.
 
Rodney joined AAPOR in 2009 and has enjoyed attending and presenting research at almost every AAPOR conference since then. He has also presented survey research over the years at other conferences, such as QDET, 3MC, CSDI, and 2012 H2R. Rodney’s service in AAPOR includes membership in Diversity Subcommittee of the AAPOR Education Committee, where he helped organize several events to attract students and non-members to AAPOR, including career panels at AAPOR conferences and at SurveyFest 2020. He also served on review committees for AAPOR conference abstracts and the Seymour Sudman Award. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in personality psychology at Howard University in 2008, joined the Census Bureau as a postdoctoral fellow in 2008, and became a permanent staff research psychologist in 2010.

What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
Serving on the AAPOR Executive Council as the Inclusion and Equity Committee Co-Chair, Rodney sees exciting opportunities to address several challenges. As characteristic in many research communities, one broad challenge is a lack of representation of underserved populations across several characteristics, including for example: race/ethnicity, disability status, and sexual orientation/gender identity. While currently being addressed to a degree in AAPOR, the creation of the Inclusion and Equity Committee at the AAPOR Executive Council level will help consolidate and accelerate this effort.
 
Such representation is critical, not only in terms of the subject matter addressed in the literature and the participants studied, but also in who is conducting the research and the inclusion of external stakeholders to collaborate with researchers. Research with a focus on these characteristics can be sensitive, and trust must be established between the researcher, the participants, and participants’ respective communities before meaningful participation can occur. Otherwise, participants may be less likely to participate, and if they do, they may not be as transparent. Both outcomes threaten data quality.
 
However, this example also presents several opportunities for improvement. Helpful steps include establishing partnerships with external individuals and organizations who can provide insight at all stages of the research process and help establish trust with affected communities. In addition, continued outreach to schools and related organizations with an emphasis on having opportunities to address issues of equity and inclusion, through representation via their own lived experiences, or through conducting research that is sensitive to inclusion and equity issues.
 
How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
Spending his entire career focusing on inclusion and equity topics, Rodney is well prepared to serve on the AAPOR Executive Council as the Inclusion and Equity Committee Co-Chair. Initially, his work focused on how the Census Bureau measures race and ethnicity, via cognitive tests of experimental race and ethnicity questions designed to reflect currents ways that respondents self-identify. The second area focused on reducing persistent coverage error for racial and ethnic minority groups in decennial censuses, via ethnographic evaluations of 2010 Census enumeration. Next, he led qualitative research to help develop a tribal enrollment question for American Indians and Alaska Natives for possible inclusion in the decennial census. He then transitioned to leading research on inclusion and equity for employees in the U.S. Department of Commerce, including: (a) qualitative research to identify barriers to workplace inclusion for first generation professionals, and (b) survey research of employee retention to help identify why Hispanic, female, and disabled employees have lower-than-average rates of retention.
 
Rodney also demonstrated dedication to inclusion and equity via service to AAPOR as a member of the Diversity Subcommittee of the AAPOR Education Committee. During this time, he helped organize AAPOR conference sessions in 2018 and 2019 about AAPOR career paths to help attract young and early career conference attendees to AAPOR-related careers and service. He also helped organize SurveyFest 2020 by selecting panelists for two speaker panels at the event, and served on the organizing committee for the Send-a-Speaker program that aims to attract college students to AAPOR.  

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Ned English - Candidate for Associate Membership and Chapter Relations Chair
 
Ned English is a Senior Research Methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago where he has been involved in the design, implementation, and management of key research studies since 2002. Ned is responsible for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capacity at NORC, in addition to project management, sample design, and analysis on numerous studies across disciplines. Formally trained as a geographer, Ned has diverse theoretical and applied experience in the areas of GIS and Census data analysis with regard to survey methodology, sample design, and data visualization. He earned his M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.S. in Geography from McGill University.         

Ned has been responsible for mapping and GIS-related analyses for major NORC projects, including the General Social Survey, the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, and the Survey of Consumer Finances. He has also served as the lead statistician on some of the most important studies at NORC, for clients such as the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institutes on Aging.  Ned is a leader with respect to address-based sampling research for in-person and multi-mode surveys, with work published in peer-reviewed journals and monographs. 

Ned has been actively involved in AAPOR since his first conference in 2004, presenting regularly and having taught short courses on Address-Based Sampling (ABS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in survey research.  Ned chaired the Chapter Liaison Subcommittee of the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee (MCR), acted as Communications-MCR Liaison, and was a member of the 2015-2016 ABS Task Force.  Ned has also reviewed submissions to Public Opinion Quarterly and the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, in addition to serving on ad-hoc committees and being a current Standards Committee member and Standard Definitions Chair.  Finally, Ned is fortunate to have had the opportunity to be actively involved with his local chapter, The Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR), as President, Conference Chair, and Secretary-Treasurer. 

What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
Our survey and public-opinion research community has been undergoing major changes with respect to technology, public trust, and related expectations for data and information gathering. Such changes represent both major challenges and new opportunities for AAPOR and our chapters. We are uniquely-positioned to provide, guidance, leadership, and expertise as our industry rapidly evolves. For example, even before COVID-19 rapidly forced us to re-evaluate our best-practices, our industry was already adapting to decreasing survey participation across modes.  

Our members and chapters represent the nexus where such challenges are faced. As the representative of the members themselves, MCR has the opportunity to ensure new and differing viewpoints are being heard through the growth and diversification of our members, strong chapter relationships, retention, and communication between and among members. Finding new ways to expand and broaden our membership is also critical to the AAPOR’s future success.  In so doing we must continue to strengthen our relationships with the chapters, as they bring new perspectives, expertise, and experience. Chapters are also often where potential members have their first contact with AAPOR and future leaders are developed.  Improving the retention of our newer members through engagement, mentorship, student-outreach, and career-networking brings fresh voices into our community’s conversation. Finally, MCR acts as the ambassador for our members to ensure their voices are being heard.  For example, we should build on the annual membership survey to provide additional opportunities for feedback.
  
How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
Membership and Chapter Relations has considerable responsibility during the AAPOR year, including membership drives, chapter relations, student engagement, data analysis, the annual survey, volunteer coordination, in addition to representing AAPOR at chapter conferences. As Associate Chair of MCR, it would be my job to support the Chair, the subcommittees, and the committee members in their diverse activities. Serving as MCR Chapter Liaison required communication, organization, between and among the chapters and their leadership. As Standard Definitions Chair I have also worked with disparate groups of people on a common goal.  Similarly, as MAPOR president during COVID-19 I needed to work with MAPOR council to reach consensus on sometimes-difficult decisions impacting our members.  Having served as MAPOR Secretary Treasurer and Conference Chair also showed me the value of a strong relationship and communication with AAPOR, and what can be accomplished at the chapter level.  Finally, the coordination of people, activities, and interests is also a key part of my day-to-day role as a Senior Research Methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago.  In summary, I welcome the opportunity to bring the above experiences to the role of Associate Chair for MCR.

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Heather Ridolfo - Candidate for Associate Membership and Chapter Relations Chair

Heather Ridolfo earned her PhD in Sociology at the University of Maryland. She is currently a senior survey methodologist in the Research and Development Division of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Prior to serving in this role, she was a survey methodologist in the Office of Research and Methodology at the National Center for Health Statistics. Her areas of research include questionnaire design and pretesting, measurement error, respondent burden, and respondent-interviewer interactions. She has authored and coauthored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and methodological reports, and has written a book using both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine mobility impairment and the construction of identity among U.S. adults.  
 
Dr. Ridolfo has been an active member of AAPOR since 2007. During this time, she has served in numerous roles, including member of the AAPOR Membership & Chapter Relations Data Analysis and Reporting Subcommittee (2016-2017), Co-Chair of the AAPOR Membership & Chapter Relations Data Analysis and Reporting Subcommittee (2017-present), and member of the AAPOR Policy Impact Award Committee (2019-2020). In her local chapter, DC-AAPOR, she has served as both Secretary (2013-2014) and President (2018-2019).
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
One of the key challenges that AAPOR will face in the upcoming years is mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This public health crisis has had devastating effects on the lives of our members, communities, and economies and is likely to have lasting effects on the Association. AAPOR will face numerous challenges in the years to come, including membership, engagement, and funding. For example, one of the greatest appeals of AAPOR to me has always been the collegial spirit of its members. I (as do many others) look forward to AAPOR seminars and the annual conference every year, which serve as a time to learn new methodologies, get constructive feedback on my own work, catch up with old friends, and make new ones. However, with the ongoing pandemic the manners in which our membership interacts with both each other and others outside our association must continue to adapt. I believe this would lead to several priorities as the MCR Chair, including attracting and retaining members, ensuring the association is serving its members, and ensuring initiatives put forth by previous councils, such as improving inclusivity and new member engagement, continue to thrive. One thing I feel passionately about is ensuring that our association is serving all its members. AAPOR has always been a member-driven organization, and it is important that all members feel they have a role in shaping it.

How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
As Co-Chair of the MCR Data Analysis and Reporting Subcommittee, I have had the opportunity to listen to the voices of our membership. One thing I can say for sure is our members have a lot to say! We have ensured that every response, positive or negative, is disseminated to the AAPOR executive council. We also heeded the call to reduce response burden in the membership survey and cut the survey length in half. I will remain committed to listening to our members to ensure that the Association is serving you as best it can.
 
A critical piece to understanding barriers to inclusion within our membership is understanding who our members are. Having complete data allows us to track demographic trends over time and understand where we are falling short as an association. Since 2017, we significantly reduced the amount of missing demographic data in our membership database by merging membership survey data with our membership database. I am committed to working with our management company, Kellen, to improve both our membership databases and access to that data.
 
As past Secretary and President of DC-AAPOR, I also know firsthand how local chapters can benefit from support and collaboration with national AAPOR. During my time on the DC-AAPOR council, we had the opportunity to develop programming and recruitment drives that benefited both national AAPOR and our chapters. If elected, I would take the opportunity to encourage further collaboration among AAPOR and its chapters to expand its membership and reach new audiences.

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Marjorie Connelly - Candidate for Associate Standards Chair
 
Marjorie Connelly is a Senior Fellow with the Public Affairs and Media Research Department at NORC and is experienced in managing survey research and interpreting poll findings for a general audience.

After attending her first AAPOR conference in1987, Marjorie has looked forward to the annual event, attending nearly 30 conferences since then and only missing a few. She was Communications Chair in 2011-2013 and is currently a member of the 2020 AAPOR Task Force on Pre-Election Polling. 

Previous committee appointments include the AAPOR Award Committee (2015), Communications Committee (2011- 2015), Council-Member Communications Ad-Hoc Committee (2014), and the Transparency Initiative Steering Committee (2012).

She has been an active member of the New York chapter for many years and served on its executive council in several capacities, including chapter president (2010-2011) and most recently as program chair (2018-2019). She was awarded the NY-AAPOR Distinguished Service Award in June 2013.  

Currently, Marjorie works with The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research designing, managing and analyzing surveys on a variety of topics, in particular the monthly surveys conducted to gauge Americans' views on the issues of the day for The Associate Press. 

Prior to joining NORC in 2015, Marjorie spent more than 30 years at The New York Times, working in its News Survey department. Her final position there was editor of the department, in charge of the coverage and use of public opinion research for the national and international editions of The New York Times and nytimes.com.  
 
She specialized in the analysis of Election Day exit polls, surveys of the New York metropolitan area and international polls. Among other projects, Marjorie managed surveys of special populations including people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, family members of 9/11 victims, teenagers, business executives and baseball players. She received New York Times Publisher Awards for a trio of polls before the 2004 Republican National Convention and the biennial Portrait of the Electorate in 1998. 
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
Of course, maintaining AAPOR’s efforts to advocate and improve standards for the public opinion and survey community is the responsibility of the Standards chair.  In addition, at least for a while, survey research will need to deal with the challenge of conducting research during the pandemic.  And I think AAPOR needs to work toward restore the public’s trust in surveys.  The problems with the pre-election surveys in 2016 and 2020 have caused widespread doubts about the industry.  The Transparency Initiative and various task forces will help address this problem. Perhaps the public can be educated on the reliability and differences between pre-election surveys and the regular opinion polling that examines political and social attitudes and behaviors.
 
How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
Throughout Marjorie’s career in survey research, she has worked with colleagues and at institutions that care deeply about providing reliable data and rigorous analysis, and she would exercise this experience as Standards chair, working to uphold and advance professional standards in public opinion and survey research.

For example, The AP-NORC Center has a mandate to preserve and protect the scientific integrity and objectivity of NORC and the journalistic independence of AP.  And while at The New York Times, Marjorie worked on the Times/CBS News Poll which was considered one of the gold standard of media polls.  She worked with reporters and editors to maintain high levels of standards for the surveys that would be published in The Times.

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Paul Scanlon - Candidate for Associate Standards Chair
 
Paul Scanlon is a Senior Survey Methodologist at the National Center for Health Statistics, where he has worked since 2012.  In this role he is responsible for leading many of the Center’s question and questionnaire evaluation studies and is the PI for NCHS’ Research and Development Survey (RANDS) Program, which investigates how commercial web survey panels can be used in the collection and evaluation of federal statistics. Prior to NCHS, Paul was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau where he worked as a survey statistician and behavioral scientist on the American Community Survey. As part of this fellowship, he completed a detail working in Office of Science and Statistical Policy at the Office of Management and Budget. Before joining the federal government Paul received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Georgia, where his research focused on cognitive anthropology, anthropological methods, and food studies.
 
Paul has been active in both AAPOR and DC-AAPOR since 2012. Beyond attending and participating in conferences, he has served in a number of roles across the organizations. He was the activities chair of DC-AAPOR in 2016 and was responsible for organizing and coordinating professional development and social events for the chapter, including the DC-AAPOR Summer Conference. In AAPOR itself, Paul is a member of both the Conference Support Committee and the Standards Committee. In the former role, Paul coordinated the Speed Networking Event at the 2018 and 2019 annual conferences, and was set to repeat this role for the 2020 conference before the event was moved to virtual. He has also recently agreed to sit on the Consortium of Social Science Associations’ (COSSA) Board of Governors as AAPOR’s representative, ensuring that our organization’s needs are spoken for in COSSA’s larger advocacy efforts.
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities you anticipate addressing in your role on AAPOR Council?
The main challenge I hope to work on as standards chair is considering how AAPOR’s standards can alleviate the increasing distrust in polling and survey statistics. By continuing to present reasonable standards that increase transparency, and by holding organizations and individuals accountable to these standards, I believe we can help stem this tide of distrust.  One opportunity in this space is to make sure that our standards extend to newer methodologies such as web panel surveys and forms of big data collection. In cases where our standards may not naturally extend to these newer methods, I hope to lead the effort to create new guidelines that help not only our membership, but the public as well. 
 
Whenever AAPOR’s standards are created or revised, it’s vital that the Standards Committee receives input from a wide variety of voices—ensuring that a diversity of viewpoints representing not only different areas of our industry, but also different social and cultural groups, are heard and considered. As such, I will work with the Council as a whole to make sure that the Standards Committee membership is inclusive, representing the full breadth of our community.
 
How do your background and experience prepare you for this position?
As a government methodologist, I’ve had the opportunity to not only help establish new standards, but also the challenge of making sure that the surveys and data I work on meet existing ones. I was part of an interagency group that established the current statistical guidelines for conducting survey pretesting across the federal government, which included a set of standards for the implementation of cognitive interviewing projects. Doing so required the ability to listen, take in, and mediate between a number of stakeholders’ viewpoints—as well as a bit of tenacity to get the final product across the finish line!
 
However, like most of us in AAPOR, I’ve also been on the other side of standards—and have had to make sure that the work I do comports with a wide range of both government and industry guidelines. In my experience, one of the more challenging aspects of using standards and guidelines—even ones that are explicitly designed to increase transparency and data quality—is explaining their purpose to data users who rely on the data we create, but do not necessarily understand all the methodological decisions we make to get that data.
 
My experience—not only from serving on the Standards Committee itself, but also my work creating, using, and communicating about standards and guidelines will drive my decision making as AAPOR Standards Committee Associate Chair.
 
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