The 2020 Census

The upcoming 2020 Census is critical as almost every aspect of American civic and economic life is touched and guided in some way by Census data. The decennial census is a population count that underpins federal representation, the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal dollars, and billions more in annual private investment.

mission statement Together We Count

Together We Count fosters understanding of the barriers that hard-to-reach communities face with regard to civic participation and offers local tools to promote engagement.

By providing insight to grassroots organizations; businesses; and officials at the state, local, and tribal level, Together We Count promotes a complete population count for the 2020 Census.

Project Synopsis

We believe the Census is on track for a record undercount that will see the hard-to-reach community:

  • Shut out of the civic process, particularly the redistricting process.
  • Denied services they need in housing, health, and education.
  • Become invisible to businesses, banks, and programs that help people start businesses and drive personal and community economic growth.

We want to understand the attitudes and opinions among communities of immigrant and mixed status families to ensure a complete count in 2020.

bios The Team

Rosemary Rodriguez

Rosemary Rodriguez retired from government to use the lessons she learned at the local, state and federal levels to promote civic participation for all, particularly hard-to-reach communities. Her current endeavor is to forecast participatory challenges for the 2020 census and make recommendations to stakeholders to improve outcomes.

Gillian Winbourn

Gillian brings experience in issues surrounding urban communities and program management. Her graduate work focused on international perspectives of urban policy and sustainable transportation. Gillian joined Together We Count to support the civic processes that underpin sustainable and inclusive community building.

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