Director, Census and Survey Division

Barbara Rater

Picture of Barbara Rater, Director of Census and Survey Divison

Barbara Rater is the Director of the Census and Survey Division at USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Appointed in 2015, Barbara provides leadership and oversight to the agency’s Census Planning, Survey Administration, and Data Collection branches. She is responsible for sustaining the high quality of NASS’s census and survey data collection processes by serving as the central point of contact for operations and support activities.

As part of her 30-year career, she has served as Chief of the Survey Administration Branch from 2012-2015 and as Director of the Maryland Field Office from 2006-2012. She has over 20 years of international development experience and expertise aimed at helping developing countries measure agricultural productivity. Barbara started her federal government career in service to agriculture as a student trainee at the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Growing up in a military family, she is a native of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Barbara received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland College Park and is a graduate of the Key Executive Leadership Program from American University’s School of Public Administration.

Last Modified: 05/04/2018