Susan K. 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.

Urahn has testified before the U.S. Congress and in multiple statehouses, and has been a featured speaker to groups such as the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Public Policy Institute of California and the Business Roundtable. She has appeared on PBS, CNN, Bloomberg News and NPR. Newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the 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.