Nancy Potok

Chief Statistician, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President

Nancy Potok serves as the Chief Statistician of the United States. She co-chairs the development and implementation of the Federal Data Strategy for the President’s Management Council along with the Federal CIO and the Director of the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Dr. Potok served as a Commissioner on the bipartisan U.S. Commission for Evidence-based Policymaking and is leading the effort to implement the Foundations for Evidence Based Policy Making Act of 2018 across the Federal government. She has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and previously served as Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce; Deputy Director at the U.S. Census Bureau; Senior Vice President for Economic, Labor, and Population Studies at NORC at the University of Chicago; and COO at McManis & Monsalve Associates, a start-up business analytics firm.  Dr. Potok represents the U.S. globally on the U.N. Statistical Commission and at the Committee for Statistics and Statistical Policy at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  She is an adjunct professor and senior fellow at The George Washington University.

Dr. Potok is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a Trustee of the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and a contributing editor and Advisory Board member for the Harvard Data Science Review.  She is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, the Secretary of Commerce Gold Medal, the Arthur S Flemming Award, the Enterprise Risk Manager of the Year Award, and the Federal 100 Award. Dr. Potok received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The George Washington University, where she earned her Ph.D. in public policy and public administration.