Originally from Lima, Peru, Velasco completed a masters degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Survey Methodology, from the University of Illinois in 2009. While pursuing his degree, he worked as a research assistant for the Survey Lab at the University of Chicago and as a bilingual interviewer for the National Opinion Research Center. Previous jobs in Peru include conducting quantitative and qualitative research in rural areas of Peru and working for the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Relations as a human development assistant.

ReportsSeptember 28, 2011

Childhood Poverty Among Hispanics Sets Record, Leads Nation

The spread of poverty across the United States that began at the onset of the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and accelerated last year hit one fast-growing demographic group especially hard: Latino children.

Demographic ProfilesJune 13, 2011

A Demographic Portrait of Puerto Ricans

The 2010 U.S. Census counted 3.7 million Hispanics living in Puerto Rico. This was down from 3.8 million in 2000. By contrast, in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, the population of Puerto Rican-origin Hispanics increased from 3.4 million in 2000 to 4.6 million in 2010, surpassing Puerto Rico’s Hispanic population.