Thomas Snyder

Managing Director

Thomas Snyder is a managing director at AIR, with over 40 years of experience in working with the federal statistical system. He serves as a project advisor and reviewer for the Data Analytic and Evaluation Studies project for the Department of Education Office of the Chief Data Officer and directs work for the Analytical and Technical Support Services contract for the National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. He is the project advisor for the National Arts Statistics and Evidence-based Reporting Center being developed for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Previously, Snyder was responsible for the management and review of major National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports such as the congressionally mandated Condition of Education. He served as project director for the annual Digest of Education Statistics and other periodic reports, including Indicators of School Crime and Safety, as well as one-time congressionally mandated reports, such as the Study of the Title I, Part A Grant Program Mathematical Formulas, and has served as author or co-author for over 60 NCES reports. Snyder directed and conducted analyses on an extensive array of federal data sets, ranging from archival NCES administrative record surveys to the most recent Current Population Survey and American Community Survey data from the Census Bureau. He has worked extensively with news media and press outreach, and has participated in interagency activities, including the federal Forum on Child and Family Statistics, which produces the annual America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well Being. He has also provided consultative services, briefings, and quick turnaround studies to senior officials on policy-related statistics covering a wide variety of topics and release formats.

Snyder served as the chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Working Party on Indicators of National Education Systems for six years, providing leadership to representatives of member countries and other organizations to build consensus on appropriate metrics for policymaking, improve statistical methods, and expand statistical capacity on a wide range of education and related topics. He also served as U.S. representative on the OECD Network on Labor and Social Outcomes of Education, and on the OECD Network on Education System Level Information, which he chaired for several years.