THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
THE PRESIDENT NAMES MEMBERS OF THE CENSUS MONITORING BOARD
The President today appointed Tony Coelho, Dr. Everett M. Ehrlich, Gilbert F. Casellas, and Lorraine Green as members of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board. The Board will observe and monitor all aspects of the preparation of the upcoming 2000 Census.
"I am working to ensure that the 2000 Census is the most accurate census using the best, most up-to-date scientific methods at the most efficient use of taxpayers dollars," the President said. "In the 1990 Census, millions of Americans were missed especially children, minorities, and residents in urban and rural communities. I am confident that the four members I have nominated today will help to ensure that the 2000 Census is both fair and accurate."
Tony Coelho, of Alexandria, Virginia, is currently a private business consultant, and serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. He is a former Majority Whip of the House of Representatives. Mr. Coelho represented California's Central Valley in Congress from 1979 to 1989. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Chairman and CEO of ETC w/tci, Inc., an education and training technology company. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Coelho was a Managing Director of the New York investment banking firm Wertheim Schroder & Co., and from 1990 to 1995, he served as President and CEO of Wertheim Schroder Investment Services. Mr. Coelho is an Honorary Lifetime Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, and since 1994, has served as Chairman of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Mr. Coelho received his B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University in California.
Dr. Everett M. Ehrlich of Bethesda, Maryland, is the President of ESC Company. Dr. Ehrlich formed the ESC Company after leaving the Department of Commerce, where he served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. He was responsible for managing the Economics and Statistics Administration, including its two principal agencies, the Bureau of the Census and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Ehrlich served as Vice President for Economic and Financial Planning of Unisys Corporation. He is the co-author of two books on economic policy and articles in varying fields of economics. Dr. Ehrlich received his B.A. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Gilbert F. Casellas of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is currently a lawyer with the firm of McConnell Vald's LLP, where he specializes in employment law. Prior to joining McConnell Vald's LLP, he served as Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, until January 1998. From November 1993 to October 1994, he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Air Force. Mr. Casellas is also very active in the community. He has served as: President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, President of the University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and member to the Board of Trustees to United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He currently serves as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and as a director of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. Mr. Casellas received his B.A. from Yale in 1974, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1977.
Lorraine Green of the District of Columbia, presently serves as Vice President for Human Resources at Amtrak. Previously, she served as the Office of Personnel Management Deputy Director from 1993 to January 1997, where she played a significant role in the comprehensive human resource management system for the federal government, including one of the world's largest pension programs, the Civil Service Retirement System and one of the nation's largest health and insurance programs. As OPM Deputy Director, Ms. Green received the Director's Award for Distinguished Federal Service for her leadership at the Office of Personnel Management. Prior to her appointment at OPM, Ms. Green served as the Director of the D.C. Office of Personnel. Ms. Green is a member of several professional and civic organizations, including the Local Government Personnel Association, the National Association of State Personnel Executives, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. She is a native Washingtonian.
The Census Monitoring Board was created as a non-political board to observe and monitor all aspects of the preparation and implementation of the 2000 decennial census. The Board is considered a commission of Congress and shall transmit interim reports. The purpose of these reports is to analyze the accuracy of the Bureau of Census process in designing a system to count every individual possible.