Population Reference Bureau Names Jennifer D. Sciubba as President and CEO

Jennifer D. SciubbaWashington (April 30, 2024)—Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has named Jennifer D. Sciubba as president and chief executive officer, effective May 1. She succeeds Jeffrey Jordan, who is retiring after a decade in the role.

Sciubba is vice chair of PRB’s Board of Trustees and an internationally recognized expert in political demography. Formerly a tenured professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a global fellow at the Wilson Center.

“As a Board of Trustees member and vice chair, Jennifer Sciubba has shown a phenomenal commitment to PRB and is an enthusiastic champion of our work,” said Jennifer Madans, chair of PRB’s Board of Trustees. “Her commitment to population data, to PRB’s mission and its success, and to the staff and the Board—combined with her experience, expertise and presence in the demography community—make her the perfect choice to lead us into our next chapter.”

“The mission of PRB perfectly aligns with my personal mission, and I am thrilled to take on this new role with people I admire and an organization that I am passionate about,” Sciubba said. “I am excited to build on PRB’s strong foundation and do everything I can to amplify the good work of PRB.”

For more than 20 years, Sciubba has worked to educate the public about the importance of population data by translating academic research for broader audiences. A frequently consulted expert on population trends, she has published several books, including 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World, as well as articles in The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review and The Washington Post. Her 2023 TED Talk, “The Truth About Human Population Decline,” has more than 1.2 million views.

“Jennifer has a way of eloquently explaining population data and trends to a wide range of audiences—a skill that perfectly aligns with PRB’s mission,” Madans said.

Sciubba joined PRB’s Board of Trustees in 2019 and was chair of the governance and nomination committee. She received her doctorate in government and politics from the University of Maryland and her bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She has studied at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, and served as a demographics consultant to the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Sciubba, who lives in Memphis, will relocate to Washington, D.C.