Filipino-American Ditas Katague has been appointed as the new Associate Director of Communications at the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States’ largest statistical agency.
Katague will be responsible for leading internal and external communications activities in the agency, including the “oversight of marketing, public affairs, congressional and intergovernmental affairs, partner engagement and media relations,” according to the Census Bureau news release.
“Ditas Katague brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership to the Census Bureau,” said Census Bureau Director Robert L. Santos in a news release on April 13, 2022.
“I congratulate Ms. Katague on her appointment and look forward to working with her to help communicate the important work of the Census Bureau to the American people, government leaders and policymakers,” Santos added.
Katague said she was “honored” to be named to the top post and serve under the administration of United States President Joe Biden.
“I am honored to serve our country and the Biden Administration as the Associate Director of Communications at U.S. Census Bureau!” Ditas Katague wrote in a LinkedIn post.
Prior to joining the Census Bureau, Katague was the director of the California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office, the outreach and communications campaign that worked to ensure a complete population count of historically undercounted Californians.
Katague also served on the Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations, from 2012 to 2018, including three years as its chair.
The Filipino-American leader is an expert in multiethnic outreach and civic engagement. Since 1998, she has served on the Sacramento Center Advisory Board for the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California. She holds an MPA from the University of Southern California and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Filipino Americans taking up key posts in the US administration include Nani Coloretti, recently confirmed as the new Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), making her the highest-ranking Filipino American serving under the administration of United States President Joe Biden.
Last year, three Filipina leaders were named to top government posts under the Biden administration while another three were also appointed to be members of the United States President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI).
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