Cathy L. Lacy is the director of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Denver Regional Office and Dallas Regional Census Center. She manages over 50,000 employees between the two offices. The Denver Regional Office is responsible for Census Bureau data collection activities for 12 states—Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. In addition to helping count the population every 10 years, the Census Bureau’s Denver Regional Office is involved in producing key measures of poverty, health and well-being, crime, education, and other social characteristics. It measures the region’s economy through indicators like the Consumer Price Index, monthly unemployment rate, and housing starts data.
Lacy is a 31-year veteran of the Census Bureau. She has worked in several regional office locations as well as headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. She is a member of the Denver Federal Executive Board, which promotes communication and cooperation between government programs at all levels, from federal to local.
Lacy received the Census Bureau’s Bronze Medal Award in 1995 and again in 2012 for her contributions to survey operations and to the Census Bureau’s realignment to six regional offices.
She earned a bachelor of science in applied mathematics from Auburn University and a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University.