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Dr. Cynthia ClarkDr. Cynthia Clark

Dr. Cynthia Clark is Administrator of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), overseeing the agency’s efforts to collect and disseminate data on every facet of U.S. agriculture.

Clark is an accomplished statistician who is highly respected both in the United States and overseas for her expertise in survey research and development. Before joining NASS, she directed statistical research and survey methodology for the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics and, prior to that, at the U.S. Census Bureau.

Clark has strong roots in agricultural statistics, having previously spent 13 years working on the Census of Agriculture and serving as the Director of the NASS Census and Survey Division. She has also served in numerous professional positions with the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and the International Association of Survey Statisticians. Additionally, she is a fellow of the ASA, an elected member of ISI and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Under Clark’s leadership, NASS conducts hundreds of surveys and issues nearly 400 statistical reports each year with data on production, economics, demographics, and the environmental that is relevant to agriculture. NASS also conducts the Census of Agriculture every five years, providing the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the nation.  She has led a transformational change at NASS impacting the agency business model, organizational structure, technology infrastructure, and statistical practice.

Clark was raised in Colorado, the daughter of an agricultural banker. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mills College in California, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Denver, and masters and doctoral degrees in statistics from Iowa State University. Her husband, Glenn, grew up on a livestock farm and ranch in southeastern Idaho. She and her husband are the parents of six children and grandparents of fifteen. They make their home in McLean, Virginia.

Last modified: 05/22/13