Sue Urahn

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Sue Urahn

Susan Urahn, executive vice president of The Pew Charitable Trusts, leads efforts to help policymakers identify and implement pragmatic, data-driven solutions to our nation’s toughest challenges. She directs Pew’s nonpartisan research, technical assistance, and advocacy to promote effective and fiscally sound government, enhance family economic security, and prevent unnecessary health risks. This work is resulting in local, state, and federal policy changes that improve Americans’ lives and provide a strong return on their tax dollars.

Urahn has testified before the U.S. Congress and in multiple state houses, and has been a featured speaker to groups such as the National Conference of State Legislatures, Public Policy Institute of California, and Business Roundtable.

She writes a regular column for Governing and has appeared on PBS, CNN, Bloomberg News, and NPR. Newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, and Washington Post have quoted her.

Urahn joined Pew in 1994 after more than a decade of experience in policy research and evaluation with the Minnesota House of Representatives and at the University of Minnesota.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a doctorate in education policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.