Pro Tem Atkins Announces Appointee to California Complete Count Census Committee
SAN DIEGO – Senate leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has designated Christopher Wilson of San Diego to serve on the California Complete Count Census Committee (Committee) announced today by the Governor.
“Without a full and accurate Census count, Californians could lose their voice in Congress and billions of dollars in federal funding for vital public services,” Atkins said. “Alliance San Diego has earned the trust of vulnerable and hard-to-count communities in San Diego. I’m confident in Christopher Wilson to bring invaluable expertise and perspective to this committee.”
Christopher Wilson, 51, of San Diego, has been an associate director at Alliance San Diego since 2015, where he was a director of civic engagement from 2010 to 2015. He was principal consultant at CRW Enterprises from 2006 to 2010, general manager at KeytoChange Publishing Inc. from 2003 to 2006 and an independent consultant at Jones and Associates Consulting Inc. from 2002 to 2009. Wilson was a senior field service engineer at ITT Gilfillan from 1992 to 1999 and an air traffic control RADAR technician for the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985 to 1992. He is a member of the Urban League of San Diego County Board of Directors and the Engage San Diego Mobilization Fund. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Wilson is a Democrat.
Members of the Committee serve without compensation and at the pleasure of the Governor. The Committee includes one member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one member appointed by the Senate President pro Tempore.
The Committee will develop, recommend, and assist in the administration of a census outreach strategy to encourage full participation in the 2020 federal decennial census of population required by Section 141 of Title 13 of the United States Code.
The census outreach strategy will include, but not be limited to, State agency initiatives to encourage participation in the 2020 Census, the establishment and support of school-based outreach programs, partnerships with non-profit community-based organizations, and a multi-lingual, multi-media campaign designed to ensure an accurate and complete count of California's population.
The California Complete Count effort will be coordinated out of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR), which will enlist all State agencies and departments within the executive branch to identify effective methods of outreach to Californians, and provide resources to ensure the outreach program is successful and that all Californians are counted.