Elaine Ortiz is a consultant for The Data Center. Elaine is expert in economic and demographic data for applied research to support informed decisionmaking and more resilient communities. She has more than ten years of experience in research design, implementation, data analysis, statistical methods, and writing on complex and technical topics for a lay audience. Elaine’s work in data dissemination is grounded in the importance of user-centered design and strategic communications for reaching targeted audiences. She is expert in federal statistical program data (e.g. ACS, Census) and private sources of data (e.g. EMSI, Moody’s). Elaine has an MS in urban and regional planning from University of Iowa and BA in economics from Hanover College.