As executive vice president at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Susan K. Urahn leads the efforts of the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Center on the States, which helps states identify and implement policies that are fiscally sound and provide a return on investment to taxpayers.
Since 2007, Pew has released more than 20 50-state reports on pressing issues including the clean-energy economy, corrections costs and populations, pension obligations, the foreclosure crisis and access to quality pre-kindergarten.
Urahn joined Pew in 1994 after more than a decade of experience in policy research and educational evaluation with the Minnesota House of Representatives and at the University of Minnesota. After becoming director of Pew's education program in 2000, her portfolio steadily expanded to include a wide range of state policy initiatives. In 2007, she was tapped to build and lead the Pew Center on the States.
Urahn has testified before Congress and multiple state legislatures, and has been a featured speaker at conferences of organizations including the Public Policy Institute of California, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Conference of State Courts and the Philanthropy Roundtable.