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Our Staff Members

The following four individuals staff the MN State Demographic Center.

Susan Brower, MN State Demographer

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Susan Brower is the Minnesota State Demographer and directs the MN State Demographic Center. Susan became the State Demographer in February 2012. In that capacity, she travels the state talking with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration and rural population changes.

Susan joined the State Demographic Center after working as a researcher on the Minnesota Compass project at Wilder Research in St. Paul. Prior to that, she worked at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.

Susan earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan, specializing in demography and family sociology. She also holds a master's degree in public policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

For media or other inquiries, please contact Susan at (preferred) or 651-201-2472. Note: If you would like Susan to present at an event, please first complete a Presentation Request Form (under Request a presentation ). Download a high resolution photo of Susan.

Megan Dayton

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Megan Dayton is the Projections Demographer of the Minnesota State Demographic Center. She has held this position since 2012. She is responsible for preparing the annual population projections by age and gender for the State of Minnesota and its 87 counties, in addition to other special projections projects. These projects include, but are not limited to, labor force participation, households, primary school enrollment, and race/ethnicity projections. Megan is the Minnesota state representative to the Federal-State Cooperative Program for Population Projections (FSCPP). She is a member of Population Association of America (PAA), the Southern Demographic Association (SDA), and the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Megan holds a master's degree in applied demography from the Center for Demography and Population Health at Florida State University. She is experienced in preparing demographic projections for many different geographies, variables, and purposes. Her research interests include improving upon existing forecasting methodologies used for state and sub-state areas, as well as social stratification and more general demographic trends related to fertility, mortality, and migration patterns. Megan grew up in Michigan and enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two children. Contact Megan at (preferred) or 651-201-2461.

Andi Egbert

Andi Egbert HeadshotAndi (Andrea) Egbert is the Assistant Director of the MN State Demographic Center, where she has worked since March 2012. The State Demographic Center promotes data-informed decision-making for the benefit of the state. Andi oversees many of the operations of the Center, including communicating key demographic trends in print and online. Adept at analyzing and interpreting data for diverse audiences, Andi offers research assistance to all levels of government, the media, organizations and residents. She presents regularly across Minnesota on topics such as aging, diversity, immigration, education, poverty and the workforce. Andi relishes telling stories with data, exploring new modes of data visualization, and using data to advance policies that improve the lives of Minnesotans.

Previously Andi worked on the Minnesota Compass statewide indicators project at Wilder Research and prepared the annual Minnesota KIDS COUNT data book while at the Children's Defense Fund Minnesota. Earlier in her career, Andi also served also as a case manager for families, a literacy instructor, and a writer and editor for several publications.

Raised in Chaska, MN, Andi holds a master's degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, with a concentration in social policy and vulnerable populations. She has completed additional coursework in advanced demographic methods. She also earned a B.A. in English from Valparaiso University in Indiana. She lives in Eagan with her husband and two children. Contact Andi at (preferred) or 651-201-2474.

Jim Hibbs

Jim Hibbs HeadshotJim Hibbs is a Senior Research Analyst with the MN State Demographic Center. He is responsible for preparing the annual population and household estimates for all counties, cities and townships outside the seven-county Twin Cities area. Jim serves as liaison to the Population Estimates Branch at the Census Bureau and certifies boundary changes for the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) conducted by the Census Bureau. Jim is also the state representative to the Federal-State Cooperative Program for Estimates (FSCPE) and is currently chair of its Input Data Working Group.

Jim grew up in Blue Earth, Minnesota. He earned a B.A. degree in economics from Carleton College and a master's degree in regional planning (MRP) from Cornell University. He has been with the state's demography office since 1978 and has had the pleasure of working with all three of Minnesota's State Demographers. Contact Jim at (preferred) or 651-201-2471.

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