Steven Jost


Chief Strategist, Data Dissemination
Office of the Director, Census Bureau

Steve Jost is the U.S. Census Bureau’s Chief Strategist for Data Dissemination in the Office of the Director of the Census Bureau. He is guiding innovation of Bureau capabilities to make valuable Census data more accessible, easier to find, and more timely for the public and Census frequent customers.

Previously, Steve served for almost four years as Associate Director for Communications at Census, where he and his staff of 160 professionals oversaw dissemination of U.S. Census data and information about the Bureau’s mission to the public, businesses and Members of U.S. Congress through marketing, public relations and digital, online and social media channels.

Jost was responsible for the integrated, multiracial and multiethnic awareness campaign for the 2010 U.S. Census that successfully motivated record numbers of U.S. households in the country to return their census forms. The higher than projected levels of cooperation contributed to the Census Bureau ultimately returning $1.87 billion to the U.S. Treasury -- getting the job done ahead of schedule and almost 25 percent under budget. For his work on the 2010 campaign, Jost received the Department of Commerce’s highest recognition, a Gold Medal for distinguished achievement in federal service.

The 2010 Census earned recognition for groundbreaking market research and multicultural outreach and won more than 50 awards from the advertising and public relations industry including two prestigious David Ogilvy Awards for Excellence in advertising research, and an Effie Award for brand success.

Jost was appointed Associate Director for Communications by President Barack Obama in 2009, after having served in the same position as an appointee of President Bill Clinton for the 2000 Census. He is also a recipient of the Bronze Medal Award, the highest honorary recognition by the Census Bureau for his work on the 2000 decennial census.

Jost has served as the Chief of Staff for three Members of the U.S. House of Representatives; as Director of Communications and Marketing for a national nonprofit; and was the founder and president of his own fundraising and political consulting firm.

As Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) in 2003, Steve was instrumental in the establishment of “Operation Hero Miles,” a program that allows airline travelers to donate unused frequent flyer miles to families of American military men and women who are being treated for injuries at military hospitals around the world. He also serves on the board of Any Soldiers Inc., a nonprofit that distributes care packages to any member of the armed forces in harm’s way.

Jost earned honors at the University of Leicester in England as a Rotary Foundation International Fellow and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Stanislaus. A native of California, he currently lives in Dunkirk, Md., with his wife, Tracy, and three children.

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