Amy O’Hara is a research professor in the Massive Data Institute at Georgetown University and the director of Georgetown’s Federal Statistical Research Data Center. She also leads the Administrative Data Research Initiative, improving secure, responsible data access for research and evaluation. O’Hara addresses risks involved with data sharing by connecting practices across the social, health, computer, and data sciences. She was previously a senior executive at the US Census Bureau, where she founded their administrative data curation and research unit.
O’Hara has published on topics including the measurement of income, longitudinal linkages to measure economic mobility, and the data infrastructure necessary to support government and academic research. Her current research focuses on population measurement, data quality, and record linkage. She received her PhD in economics from the University of Notre Dame.