Government Affairs

How GPAC Represents You

Where Demography Meets Democracy

PAA and APC work together to educate policymakers about population research outcomes and support the federal agencies that focus on population—or demographic—research. These objectives are achieved through the work of the PAA/APC Government and Public Affairs Committee (GPAC), whose mission is to:

  • Educate federal policymakers about the importance of population research and the federal agencies that indirectly and directly support it.
  • Articulate views of PAA/APC members on relevant issues before the legislative and executive branches of government.
  • Inform PAA and APC leadership and members about relevant issues and engage their participation in advocacy. With support from the director and deputy director of Government and Public Affairs, GPAC accomplishes its mission by:
  • Participating in coalitions promoting the interests of the behavioral and social science research community.
  • Sponsoring briefings, conducting meetings, producing fact sheets, submitting testimony, and responding to federal proposals.
  • Reporting to PAA/APC members and leadership on the status of relevant policy issues and recommending action.

The Population Association of America (PAA)

The Population Association of America (PAA) is a non-profit, scientific, professional organization that promotes the population sciences. PAA’s 3,000-plus members—which include demographers, economists, health scientists, sociologists and statisticians— study and communicate the societal, individual, and environmental implications of population behavior and population change. Their diverse interests include adolescent health, aging, childcare, marriage and divorce, fertility, immigration and migration, minority health, morbidity and mortality, population forecasting, and retirement.

The Association of Population Centers (APC)

The Association of Population Centers is an organization of almost 40 interdisciplinary centers located at universities and research organizations whose mission is to foster collaborative demographic research and data sharing, translate basic population research for policymakers, and provide educational and training opportunities in population studies.

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Office of Government and Public Affairs

1436 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: 301.565.6710 x 1006
Twitter: @PAAGPac

Annual Visits to Washington

Each year, a delegation of select members from GPAC and invited members of PAA and APC visit key congressional members and staff as well as federal agencies including the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, Office of Management and Budget and the National Science Foundation.

The purpose of these visits is to educate congressional staff and federal officials about the importance of funding demographic research and to discuss current issues facing the field.


2019 PAA Advocacy Day participant Dr. Kyler ShermanWilkins with Senate staffers Laura Friedel and Desiree Mowry, Appropriations Committee and healthcare staff for Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)


2019 PAA Advocacy Day delegation pauses for a photo prior to a full day of meetings (more than 50!) on Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of direct and indirect federal support for population research.


July 2018 Congressional Briefing: Momentum Shift: How the Millennial Generation is Reshaping America featured speakers Dr. William Frey (Brookings Institution) and Dr. Julie Dowling (U. of Illinois), moderated by Angela Manso, NALEO Education Fund.

GPAC Members, 2019

Vida Maralani, Chair
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Vicki Freedman
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Jarron M. Saint Onge
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

Kathleen Cagney
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Mathew Hauer
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Kyler Sherman-Wilkins
Missouri State University
Springfield, MO

John Casterline
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Joseph Hotz
Duke University
Durham, NC

Debra Umberson
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Eileen Crimmins
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Wendy Manning
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

Mary Jo Hoeksema
Director, Government and Public Affairs

Andrew Foster
Brown University
Providence, RI

Bill O’Hare
O’Hare Data & Demographic Services
Cape Charles, VA

Suzanne Stokes Vieth
Deputy Director, Government and Public Affairs

PAA/APC Coalitions

PAA and APC collaborate with numerous scientific and policy organizations to advocate for behavioral and social science research and the federal agencies that support it.