Stanley Koussis, Community Development Manager for Andrews Federal Credit Union appointed to the Northern Virginia Complete Count Committee.
The Community Foundation for Norther Virginia has invited key civic, government, social and private sector leaders across the region to join the Northern Virginia Complete Count Committee, chaired by Bernard Mustafa of PVBS and Richard Pineda of CALIBRE. Its members will help develop an action plan for community engagement in the 2020 Census. Mr. Koussis also serves as President of the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce for 2019.
Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the decennial census count takes place every 10 years for the purposes of reapportioning seats in Congress. The Census data will also be used to determine how more than $880 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for spending on items like Medicare, schools, infrastructure, and other public services through 2030.
Young children (0-4) are undercounted at a higher rate than any other group. Targeted public education and outreach efforts can ensure a more complete and accurate count of the commonwealth's hard-to-count populations. There are several hard-to-count populations: children under age 5, people of color, low-income communities, certain rural communities, and complex families.
"As one of the Constitutionally mandated duties of the Federal Government, I am honored to have been asked to serve on this committee, said Koussis. "It's importance cannot be overstated in federal dollars distributed to the Commonwealth of Virginia and also gaining an understanding and appreciation of who lives in Virginia. I am excited about contributing to this important committee."