Teryn Zmuda

Chief Economist and Director of the Counties Futures Lab, NACo

Teryn Zmuda is the chief economist and director of the NACo Counties Futures Lab. She leads the effort to promote NACo as a thought leader on top county issues and grounds the Lab’s policy research in high-quality data, while developing applicable research studies and reports. Teryn oversees quantitative and qualitative research within the Lab, produces economic analysis of counties and leads collaboration in NACo’s data-driven initiatives.

Teryn comes to NACo with more than a decade of association experience — previously working at Consumer Technology Association and American Staffing Association — and expertise from the perspective of a research firm, Avrio Institute. Teryn holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in applied economics from George Washington University.