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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Population
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Staff Listing
 Malay K. Majmundar, Director, (202) 334-2478
Tara Becker, Program Officer (202) 334-3456

Mary Ghitelman, Senior Program Assistant, (202) 334-1654
Ellie Grimes, Senior Program Assistant (202) 334-3459
Jillian Kaufman, Senior Program Assistant (202) 334-3465

Mailing Address  

Committee on Population

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
500 Fifth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001


Tel: (202) 334-3167

Fax: (202) 334-3829

Staff  Biographies 

Malay Majmundar Malay K. Majmundar, Director

Malay K. Majmundar, a senior program officer, directs the Committee on Population (CPOP). He is currently overseeing projects on mid-life mortality and socioeconomic disparities, forced migration and refugee movements, sexual and gender minorities, and the workplace and aging. He is also developing a future research portfolio for CPOP. While at the National Academies, he has worked on studies on demography, criminal justice, immigration enforcement and statistics, and the federal budget. He has a B.A. in political science from Duke University, a J.D. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago.
  Tara Becker, Program Officer

Tara Becker is a program officer for the Committee on National Statistics. Prior to joining The National Academies, Tara worked at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research where she conducted research on gender and racial/ethnic disparities in health insurance coverage and on survey measurement and data quality for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). In addition, she collaborated with CHIS funders and researchers in designing and implementing policy evaluation studies and co-led the CHIS sexual orientation and gender identity workgroup. Previously, Tara was a UCLA/RAND postdoctoral fellow in the UCLA Department of Health Policy and Management where her research focused on quantitative methodology, measurement, and the relationship between labor market and family decisions, specifically how the provision of employer-sponsored coverage shapes family formation and dissolution decisions. She worked as a biostatistician at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she collaborated with medical and public health researchers on a wide range of health-related research topics, including racial disparities in obesity among adolescents, health-related quality of life among children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis, Internet addiction among college students, and comparing physician and patient assessments of risk for stent and coronary bypass surgery among patients at risk of a heart attack or stroke. She has expertise in survey design, health policy, race, gender, and class inequality, demography, and statistical methodology. Tara holds an M.S. in statistics and sociology and a Ph.D. in sociology all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ghitelman Mary Ghitelman, Senior Program Assistant

´╗┐Mary Ghitelman is a Senior Program Assistant for the Committee on Population and the Board on Children, Youth, and Families in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has been with the Academies since April of 2015, working on reports such as The Integration of Immigrants into American Society, Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide, and Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education. She received her B.A. in psychology from Beloit College and studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark with a focus in cross-cultural psychology.
  Ellie Grimes, Senior Program Assistant

Ellie Grimes is a senior program assistant with the Committee on Population and Committee on National Statistics. Prior to joining The National Academies, Ellie worked as a staff assistant in the House of Representatives. Ellie received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied health and societies with a concentration in health policy and law.
  Jillian Kaufman, Senior Program Assistant

Jillian Kaufman is a senior program assistant with the Committee on National Statistics and the Committee on Population. Prior to joining the The National Acaemdies, Jillian was the director of Mini Camp at Meadowbrook Stables. She was captain of the equestrian team at Dickinson College, where she earned a B.S. in mathematics.

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