Robert M Groves, PH.D

Provost, Georgetown University

Robert M. Groves, PH.D.

Dr. Robert M. Groves is the Executive Vice President and Provost of Georgetown University, and has been in this post since 2012. He is also the Gerard J. Campbell, S.J. Professor in the Math and Statistics Department as well as the Sociology Department at Georgetown University, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Georgetown Environment Initiative.

Dr. Groves is a social statistician who studies the impact of social cognitive and behavioral influences on the quality of statistical information.  His research has focused on the impact of mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the social and political influences on survey participation, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and public concerns about privacy affecting attitudes toward statistical agencies.

Prior to joining Georgetown as provost he was director of the U.S. Census Bureau (Presidential appointment with Senate confirmation), a position he assumed after being director of the University of Michigan Survey Research Center, professor of sociology, and research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland.  

He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies, an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

Groves has authored or co-authored seven books and scores of peer-reviewed articles.  His 1989 book, Survey Errors and Survey Costs, was named one of the 50 most influential books in survey research by the American Association of Public Opinion Research. His book, Nonresponse in Household Interview Surveys, with Mick Couper, received the 2008 AAPOR Book Award.  His co-authored book, Survey Nonresponse, received the 2011 AAPOR Book Award.  He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, M.A. in Sociology, and M.S. in Statistics from the University of Michigan.

For additional information, see https://provost.georgetown.edu/about/robert-groves.  


Barbara j. goldsmith

Executive Director, Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group and President, Barbara J. Goldsmith & Company LLC

Barbara J. Goldsmith

Barbara J. Goldsmith is Director of the Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group and facilitated its founding in 1988 with a group of major multinational corporations. She is also President of Barbara J. Goldsmith & Company LLC, which has provided consulting services to major companies, law firms and others for over 25 years on high-level national and international energy and environmental policy matters and corporate environmental management strategy, including litigation and crisis management support and mediation services. In 2005, Ms. Goldsmith was appointed by the Interior Secretary to serve on the Department’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Advisory Committee.  The seminal book, The EU Environmental Liability Directive: A Commentary, of which she was co-editor and a co-author, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. 

Ms. Goldsmith has had substantial experience with business and industry associations, major companies in all industrial sectors, the U.S. Government, international agencies, EU Member States and other countries worldwide. She is a frequent speaker on environmental, energy, and natural resource topics and collaborates with a wide set of both public and private sector entities. In 2012, Ms. Goldsmith was a Delegate to the United Nations Rio +20 Corporate Sustainability Forum and participated in the BASD Business Day Rio +20. 

She has worked for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and she is the author of numerous publications on environmental regulatory issues affecting industry.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University and a Master of City Planning in Environmental Analysis from Harvard University, a joint degree program between the Harvard Schools of Public Health and Design and she is also an alumna of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

For additional information, see http://www.bjgco.com/index.php4


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