Drew Zachary

Director, Opportunity Project and Co-Director, Census Open Innovation Labs

U.S. Department of Commerce

Drew Zachary is Co-Director of Census Open Innovation Labs and Director/Co-founder of The Opportunity Project 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. Previously, Drew was a Policy Advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council and senior analyst at the US Department of Commerce’s 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.