Census Playbook Pulling It All Together
Kyla Fullenwider is leading our work around the digital implications of the 2020 Census, specifically, what local governments, journalists, leading digital platforms, and the public can do to prepare and participate in this crucial function of our democracy. She comes to Beeck from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School where she was the in resident Entrepreneurship Fellow. She previously served as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Census Bureau, the principal agency of the U.S. Statistical System and part of the Department of Commerce. Her writing has been published by Fast Company, Metropolis Magazine, GOOD Magazine, Next City, and the Outpost Journal and she has spoken at a range of institutions including MIT, the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Ashoka Future Forum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and is currently based in Washington D.C.
Olivia leads the Local Democracy Initiative with the National League of Cities. The LDI portfolio seeks to invigorate the culture of democracy at the municipal level by building capacity around civic engagement, including strengthening local participation in elections and improving Census 2020 operations. The LDI portfolio also focuses on building municipal leadership navigating state preemption on local policy-making authority. Olivia formerly managed Civic Nation's #VoteTogether multi-state initiative to organize community-led voter engagement celebrations on election day across the United States. Formerly she was the Director of Strategic Engagement at Civic Hall in NYC, a collaboration center that encourages the use of technology for the public good. Olivia’s background is in international development and poverty alleviation. Previously, she worked with the New York City Mayor’s Office in addressing homelessness. She also spent several years working at the intersection of economic inclusion and community development in West Africa and South and Central America. Olivia holds an MPA in Development Practice from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
In 2020, for the first time, millions of U.S. residents can respond online to the census. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will use handheld devices to conduct the decennial count, and news about the census will travel through social media channels in real-time. Our nation’s first “digital” census presents myriad opportunities for a truly participatory count, but also a number of issues—some old and some new—may create obstacles toward a complete and accurate count.
The 2020 Census: Digital Preparedness Playbook" was created to help local leaders prepare. On the final webinar of the four-part Census series, we will guide you to additional resources on:
- Digital preparedness
- Misinformation and disinformation
- Digital divide and access
- Data privacy and security