We Still Count Statewide Convening

We Still Count Statewide Convening:
Building Long-Term Partnerships for Equity

(En español)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Registration begins at 9:00 AM)

The McKimmon Conference and Training Center at NC State
1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606



Please limit in-person registrations to two people per organization.



Featured Speakers Include: 

Tasha Boone
Assistant Director for Communications,
U.S. Census Bureau


Tasha Boone is originally from northeastern NC and grew up near Elizabeth City.  She came to the U.S. Census Bureau in 1998 and has held several positions focused on communications. She has served as census advisor in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, deputy chief of the 2010 Census Publicity Office, and was special assistant to the associate director for communications. In 2012, Tasha became the assistant division chief for communications in the American Community Survey Office. She later was acting chief of the Decennial Communications Coordination Office before becoming the deputy chief of the Decennial Census Management Division. In 2018, Tasha transitioned to serve as a senior advisor to the deputy director, and in 2020, she became the chief of digital services and communications in the Office of the Deputy Director.    



Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell
NC Department of Administration


Governor Roy Cooper named Pamela Brewington Cashwell Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Administration in April 2021.  As DOA Secretary, Cashwell oversees the state agency whose mission is to serve as a business manager for the state of North Carolina and a voice for underserved communities through its advocacy programs and boards and commissions.  Cashwell holds a B.A. in Economics from UNC–Chapel Hill and a JD from the UNC School of Law. In her role as Secretary she chairs the NC Commission on Inclusion, the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental and Health Equity Task Force and serves on the NC Commission of Indian Affairs, Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/ Latino Affairs, and NC Interagency Council for Coordinating Homeless Programs.


Bob Coats 
Governor’s Census Liaison, North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management


Bob Coats is an analyst in the Demographic and Economic Analysis section of the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM), the Governor’s Census Liaison, and the coordinator of the North Carolina State Data Center network – a dissemination partnership between the US Census Bureau and 45 affiliate organizations statewide.  He was elected to two terms on the national State Data Center Steering Committee serving from 2010 – 2016, serving as Committee Chair from 2012-2016.  He also leads the NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council 2020 Census Working Group.   Mr. Coats has worked with data in state government for over 25 years, and he has also worked at the Raleigh News & Observer newspaper.  Bob is a North Carolina native and a graduate of North Carolina State University.



Dr. Iheoma Iruka, PhD. 
Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at FPG at UNC-CH, and Census Advisor for the National Urban League


Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D., is a research professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and the Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at FPG.  Newly appointed, Dr. Iruka joins the US Census Bureau, National Advisory Council (NAC). As a council member, this 3-year appointment and the goal of the NAC is to provide strategic perspective and advice to the Census Bureau on the full range of economic, housing, demographic, socioeconomic, linguistic, technological, methodological, geographic, and behavioral and operational variables. Dr. Iruka has a B.A. in psychology from Temple University, M.A. in psychology from Boston University, and Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from the University of Miami, Florida.


Eliazar Posada
Organizing Director, Equality NC



Eliazar (he/him), is a proud Latino son of working-class immigrants who grew up in Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and moved to North Carolina in 2007. Eliazar was raised to be an advocate and community organizer and his work began while still in school. From establishing an annual Hispanic Heritage Concert while in high school, to helping establish several student organizations at Campbell University for Latinx and LGBTQ students, to his work in the nonprofit sector, his goal has always been building community.  Prior to joining Equality NC, Eliazar was a part of El Centro Hispano team, where he started as a volunteer in 2015 to Acting President and CEO in 2021. He left to establish his consulting firm Posada Strategy Consulting and seek public office in Carrboro, North Carolina. Through his work, he has impacted policy and resources impacting the LGBTQ, Latinx and immigrant communities of North Carolina. He has served on numerous boards and committees, both for governments and nonprofit organizations, like Co-Chair of Raleigh’s Hispanic and Immigrant Board, the Carrboro Planning Board, Reimagining Community Safety Taskforce, member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill/Carrboro, PORCH Chapel Hill, and many more.


Arturo Vargas
Chief Executive Officer of NALEO Educational Fund

Arturo Vargas is the Chief Executive Officer of NALEO Educational Fund, a national nonprofit organization that strengthens American democracy by promoting the full participation of Latinos in civic life. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of NALEO, a national membership organization of Latino policymakers and their supporters.  Arturo has held these positions since 1994.  Prior to joining NALEO Educational Fund, Arturo held various positions at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), including Vice President for Community Education and Public Policy. Before joining MALDEF, he was the senior education policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C.  Arturo is a nationally recognized expert in Latino demographic trends, electoral participation, voting rights, the Census, and redistricting.  Arturo holds a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from Stanford University.




Panel and Discussion Topics Include:

  • Race and Ethnicity in Census Data
  • Redistricting
  • Mental health equity for ourselves and our communities




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