Trudi Renwick, PhD

Assistant Division Chief, Economic Characteristics, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Trudi Renwick is the Assistant Division Chief for Economic Characteristics in the Social, Economic and Housing Statistic Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. In that role, Dr. Renwick oversees the work of three branches: Poverty Statistics, Income Statistics and the Program Participation and Income Statistics. She also oversees the research and development of the Supplemental Poverty Measure.

From 2010 to 2015, Trudi was the chief of the Poverty Statistics Branch, responsible for poverty statistics from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, the American Community Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Trudi has written numerous research papers on various aspects of the Supplemental Poverty Measure, including the adjustment of the thresholds for geographic differences in housing costs and methods for assigning values to noncash benefits. She has also written several papers proposing a methodology for estimating the Supplemental Poverty Measure using the American Community Survey.

Trudi joined the Census Bureau in 2008 after working for many years in New York as a senior economist for the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Public Utility Law Project. She has also worked for a number of nonprofit advocacy groups, including Families USA and the National Association of Farmworker Organizations and taught economics at Skidmore College and Siena College.

Trudi earned a PhD in economics from American University. She is the author of a book, Poverty and Single Parent Families: A Study of Minimal Subsistence Household Budgets.