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.
Last year's elections demonstrated how teamwork between governments and the technology sector can make voting information more accessible, save taxpayer dollars and improve the efficiency of the voting process.
The "sequester" and other looming federal budget actions will affect governments at every level. These fiscal decisions will be made without adequate data and without the intergovernmental forums we need.
The outdated systems we use to register voters are often inaccurate, costly and inefficient. A new collaboration among states promises to go a long way toward bringing these systems into the modern age.