Steve Jost is the U.S. Census Bureau’s Associate Director for Communications. President Obama appointed him to the position in May 2009.

Jost oversees a staff of approximately 200 from the Public Information Office, Congressional Affairs Office, Customer Liaison and Marketing Office, the Advisory Committee Office, and the 2010 Census Publicity Office.

Jost held the same position during Census 2000 and was given a Bronze Medal Award, the highest honorary recognition by the Census Bureau.

After leaving the Census Bureau in 2001, he became Director of Communications and Marketing for NARAL Pro-Choice America, followed by working as campaign manager for Chris Van Hollen’s (D-Md.) successful congressional bid.

He moved on to Capitol Hill, where from 2003 to 2009 he was legislative director to U.S. Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Md.), a member of the Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Commerce Department and Census Bureau.

During this time, Jost helped start Operation Hero Miles, a program that allows everyday Americans to donate unused frequent flyer miles to American military personnel and their families. He is also a board member of Any Soldiers Inc., an organization that distributes care packages to any member of the Armed Forces in harm’s way.

Jost earned honors for a Rotary Foundation International Fellowship at the University of Leicester in England and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Stanislaus. He lives in Dunkirk, Md., with his wife, Tracy, and three children.