Drew Zachary

Managing Director of Census Open Innovation Labs,
U.S. Census Bureau and
Deputy CDO for Innovation

U.S. Department of Commerce

Drew Zachary is Managing Director of Census Open Innovation Labs at the US Census Bureau, where she has also led user experience research, development of new human centered design trainings, a data curation hub, and the first ever Census/Opportunity Project America COMPETES prize challenge. She is also serving as Deputy Chief Data Officer for Innovation at the US Department of Commerce. Previously, Drew was a Policy Advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council and senior analyst at the Commerce Data Service. Throughout her career, Drew has worked with communities to use data, science and technology to support economic development, and leveraged the tools of human centered design to improve how federal agencies serve the public. Drew has designed federal program evaluations and policies to support cities, including the Promise Zones Initiative, and designed technologies to improve healthcare delivery, and urban public health interventions to ensure that all people have access to healthy communities. Drew holds an MPP from Johns Hopkins University and is a PhD candidate in social policy at Brandeis University. Drew's research on technology and program design has been published in Qualitative Health Research, The Diabetes Educator, and eGEMs. She has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most influential young people in government for 2018 by Apolitical, one of 20 rising stars by FCW/GCN’s Government Innovation Awards 2018, and a Federal 100 winner by FCW in 2019.