Mary Bohman, an agricultural economist with an impressive record of accomplishments in the public sector, was named Deputy Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Before joining BEA, Dr. Bohman spent more than 20 years with the Department of Agriculture in numerous positions, leaving her mark on research involving international trade, farm competitiveness, and data-driven policymaking.
"Mary's long track record of public-sector leadership and her deep roots in vigorous economic research are qualities that will serve BEA well," said BEA Director Brian Moyer in making the announcement. "BEA is continuously working to keep statistics up to date and relevant for businesses, households and other users."
Most recently, Dr. Bohman served as associate administrator of the Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, responsible for protecting American agriculture from pests and diseases. Prior to that, she was the administrator of USDA's Economic Research Service, where over a seven-year period she led initiatives to strengthen the quality of the agency's research and statistics, increase accountability through the development of metrics, and boost employee engagement through improved communications.
Dr. Bohman received a doctorate from the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Davis, and earned a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
BEA's No. 2 post has been vacant since the retirement of Sarahelen "Sally" Thompson in the fall of 2018.
BEA is one of the world's leading statistical agencies, producing gross domestic product and other economic statistics that provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy.