Release: December 6, 2000
MEMBERS OF U.S. CENSUS MONITORING BOARD NAME NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
- Today, the Presidential Members of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board named
Margarita Roque to serve as the Board's new Executive Director.
outgoing Executive Director, Mark Johnson, has relocated temporarily to Florida
to deal with a family matter. Johnson will, however, remain a consultant to
the Board and be actively involved in its oversight activities.
bipartisan Board is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the Census Bureau's
preparations for the 2000 decennial census, as well as its implementation.
The Board consists of four members appointed by the President and four by
the Republican leadership in Congress. It issues reports to Congress every
six months on its findings and recommendations.
takes the reigns after serving as Director of Outreach at the Monitoring Board
for the last six months. She came to the Board after serving as Associate
Vice-President at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost
Washington veteran, Roque previously served as Executive Secretary of the
InterAmerican Commission of Women (OAS); Director of the Executive Secretariat
at the Department of Transportation; Special Assistant to the Department of
Education; and Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
has held a number of top leadership and managerial positions in government
and the private sector," said Gilbert F. Casellas, Presidential co-chair of
the Monitoring Board. "We are very fortunate to have her lead our staff during
the upcoming and most important phase of Census 2000."
is much work to be done between now and September. In the coming months we
hope to learn what made Census 2000 such a monumental success as well as ways
to improve the count next time around," said Roque.
will assume her new position effective immediately.