Mitch Morehart is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Survey Research. He comes to CSR after a distinguished career at the Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA and recently as the founder and owner of Authoritative Analytics.
Mitch has broad experience and expertise in several areas of applied economics and statistics. As one of the principal architects and manager of a large and complex annual survey of farm operators (Agricultural Resource Management Survey), Mitch has acquired an array of skills pertaining to the collection and reporting of survey data.
If you notice some grease under his fingernails, don't be alarmed. Mitch enjoys restoring antique cars and building hotrods. Including his beloved 1969 Mercury Cougar convertible, he has helped to bring more than 30 classic cars back to life.
What does public service mean to you?
My inspiration for public service came from President John F. Kennedy. His inaugural address is perhaps most widely known for his admonition regarding public service. But for me, it was his words before a joint session of Congress that I most cherish; “Let the public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: ‘I served the United States government in that hour of our nation's need.'" I worked in public service for many years. Smart, ethical, compassionate, committed. These are the adjectives I would use to describe government professionals I have come to know. The true value of public service is its ability to bring people together to accomplish a common goal. Balancing the needs of the many is a complex and unrewarding task, but in a vibrant democracy, someone has to fulfill that role.