The decennial census is the most consequential survey exercise in the country; from determining how billions of federal dollars are distributed to dictating congressional representation, the impact of the census cannot be overstated. As the Census Bureau nears a crisis, it is more important than ever to remember why high-quality government data matter for Americans.
Marina Recio is a program assistant at Measure of America, where she assists with qualitative and quantitative analysis. Among her other duties, she tends to the budget, logistics, and online presence of Measure of America. She recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University with a BA in political science and communication and media Studies. She was previously an intern at MSNBC and TIME Inc., and has contributed to NBC News Latino and The Fordham Observer.