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The 2020 U.S. Census Affects Funding in Your Community

Together, we can ensure a complete and accurate count for Arkansas. A complete count benefits all Arkansans. However, our state is at risk of being under-counted. Join us to make sure Arkansas Counts!

The U.S. Constitution requires that a Census be conducted every 10 years to provide data about our nation’s people, places, and economy. Census figures are used to make decisions at every level of government.

At every level, the census affects political representation. Counts are used to determine the number of elected representatives and the shape of the districts they represent. 

Community Level

Census figures help determine where new roads, schools, and public facilities are built.

State Level

The census affects policy decisions made by our legislature and funding for public services like education, healthcare, and economic development. 

National Level

The census impacts Arkansas budgets for important programs like Medicaid, SNAP, highways and transportation, education & childcare programs, and affordable housing programs. A one percent undercount of Arkansas in 2020 may result in nearly $1 billion in lost funds over a 10-year period.

Together, We Can Ensure a Complete and Accurate Count for Arkansas

Find out how you can take action to ensure evryone in Arkansas is counted.


Arkansas Counts Complete Count Committee
  • Terry Bearden, Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association 
  • Rubye Black Johnson, NAACP of Crittenden County and West Memphis Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Sorority, Inc.
  • Bobby Hart, Hope Public School District
  • Leandro Braslavsky, Hispanic Community Services Inc.
  • Esther Dixon, Garland County Justice of the Peace – District 3
  • Regan Gruber Moffitt, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
  • Melisa Laelan, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese
  • Margot Lemaster, EngageNWA/Northwest Arkansas Council
  • Ronika Morgan, Arkansas State Parent Teachers Association
  • Taniesha Richardson-Wiley, Arkansas Department of Health
  • Sarah Scanlon, Our Arkansas
  • Shelley Short, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
  • Tomiko Townley, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
  • Gary Wheeler, American Academy of Pediatrics, Arkansas Chapter 


Subcommittee Members

Outreach/Organizing/Training (“Get Out the Count”) — Chairs: Mierya Reith, Arkansas United (director@arkansascoalition.org), and Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel (bill@arpanel.org)

  • Mattie Allison
  • Deborah Bland
  • Shunqetta Cunningham
  • Elizabeth Deere
  • Jennifer Johnston
  • Julia Kilbourne-Bailey
  • Nancy Leonhardt
  • Martha Sandoval
  • Carol Young
  • Germaine Swinton
  • Sha Anderson
  • Sylvia Brown
  • Justin Burch
  • Syard Evans
  • Janie Ginocchio
  • Rebecca Pecor
  • Willie Wade

Communications — Chair: Kara Wilkins, Arkansas Counts (kara@arkansasimpact.org)

  • Ryder Buttry
  • Omar Gallardo
  • Tina Harris
  • JoAnn Johnson
  • Mollie Palmer

Technology/data — Chair: Pam Willrodt, Arkansas Economic Development Institute (pswillrodt@ualr.edu)

  • Diego Caraballo
  • Alison Wright

State & Local Government — Laura Kellams, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (lkellams@aradvocates.org)

  • Sandra Mitchell
  • Steve Nipper
  • Eleanor Nason
  • Nell Matthews
  • Corinne Kwapis
  • Pat Landes
  • Michael Cravens
  • Sherry Bailey
  • Kathryn Birkhead
  • Debbie Hardwick-Smith
  • Denise Ennett

Development & Subgrants — Abby Hughes Holsclaw, Arkansas Impact Philanthropy (abby@arkansasimpact.org)

  • Erin Jacobson
  • Ella Sergeant
Regional Specialists