Teryn Zmuda

Deputy Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Economist

Teryn Zmuda is the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Economist for the NACo County Innovations 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 M.A. in Applied Economics from George Washington University and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland.

More from Teryn Zmuda

  • Reports & Toolkits

    Counties Matter: COVID-19

    America’s counties are on the front lines of our nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. During this unprecedented public health emergency and the aftermath of an economic crisis, counties are committed to strong intergovernmental cooperation to mitigate COVID-19 and its far-reaching impacts on America’s people and places.
  • Reports & Toolkits

    COVID-19 Resources for Counties

    Counties are on the front lines protecting our communities from the coronavirus and other illnesses that have the potential to become a pandemic. Counties support over 900 hospitals and operate over 1,900 public health departments, which are the ground troops in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak
  • Reports & Toolkits

    County Economies 2020

    Strong economic growth at the national level does not imply strong growth for every local jurisdiction. Despite a 41 percent increase in national economic output (from 2001 to 2018), 806 county economies have yet to return to pre-recession GDP levels.

Stronger Counties. Stronger America.

About NACo

The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees.  Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to:

  • Advocate county priorities in federal policymaking
  • Promote exemplary county policies and practices
  • Nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks
  • Optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and
  • Enrich the public’s understanding of county government.


Strengthen America’s counties.


Healthy, safe and vibrant counties across America.