Fernando E. Armstrong, 2020 Census Regional Director of the Philadelphia Region, will sit down for an AL DÍA Talk fireside chat with AL DÍA Founder and CEO Hernán Guaracao on Wednesday, August 7.
Mr. Armstrong, a native of Puerto Rico, began his career in 1978 with the Bureau of the Census. In April 1998, he was appointed Regional Director for the Philadelphia Region.
During his 41-year career, Mr. Armstrong has managed four Decennial Censuses and surveys in the Atlanta, New York and Philadelphia Regional Offices as well as Puerto Rico. Leading up to the 2020 Census, he will continue his work by heading his fifth Decennial Census. The Philadelphia Regional Census Center for the 2020 Census is now open and functioning.
For his outstanding efforts in employing and developing careers for minorities, Mr. Armstrong received the Census Bureau’s Equal Employment Opportunity Award in 1986. In 1987, the Philadelphia Federal Executive Board awarded Mr. Armstrong the Hispanic Employment Program Achievement Award. In 1992, he was awarded the prestigious Bronze Medal Award of the U. S. Department of Commerce. In December, 2011, he was presented with the distinguished Gold Medal Award of the U. S. Department of Commerce for creatively establishing partnerships that fully engaged the American population as partners in the 2010 Census. Once again, in December, 2012, he received the Bronze Medal Award of the U. S. Department of Commerce as part of the Field Realignment Regional Management Team for improving operational efficiency by creating a more flexible and high performing organization by reducing the number of regional offices.
Mr. Armstrong attained a Bachelors of Art degree in Political Science from The Catholic University in Puerto Rico.