Paul Schroeder Named Executive Director of COPAFS

CONTACT: Felice J. Levine,, (202) 238-3201

WASHINGTON, May 7—The Board of Directors of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Schroeder as Executive Director, effective May 15. Schroeder succeeds Cynthia Clark, who has served as Executive Director since December 2018. Clark will continue in a part-time role until June 15 to assist with the transition and will preside over the association’s quarterly board meeting in June.

Schroeder brings more than 17 years of experience working with federal agencies, overseeing major initiatives that bridge survey research with data science and technology to develop quantitative solutions to address real-world problems. He most recently served as Chief Business Officer and Senior Consultant at EurekaFacts, a research firm with numerous public- and private-sector clients. Prior to joining EurekaFacts in 2017, Schroeder was Vice President at Abt Associates, where his broad responsibilities included providing data collection solutions to the federal government, state agencies, international partners, universities, nonprofits, and commercial firms. At Abt Associates, Schroeder also served as the company’s representative to COPAFS.

“As a highly valued and trusted member of the federal data and statistics community, Paul brings a diverse and exceptional set of experiences,” said Felice J. Levine, chair of the COPAFS board. “With his leadership, COPAFS will build upon its significant work advocating for the federal statistical system and the essential data it produces.”

“I look forward to further serving the federal statistical community within which I have worked for the better part of two decades,” said Schroeder. “With the support of the COPAFS Board, as Executive Director I hope to further strengthen and broaden COPAFS’s voice within the federal statistical system and proactively meet the needs of our constituents.”

Schroeder holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Virginia. For nearly 20 years, he has been an active member of and held multiple volunteer leadership roles in the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He has also served as President and Treasurer of its Washington-Baltimore chapter. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Transportation Research Board’s National Household Travel Survey Task Force.