Tracie Sharp is president and CEO of State Policy Network (SPN). Under her leadership, SPN has grown from 36 think tanks in 34 states to 65 independent, state-focused think tanks in 50 states. In 1991, Ms. Sharp helped launch Oregon’s market-oriented state think tank, Cascade Policy Institute. Prior to her leadership there, she worked alongside Washington State radio commentator John Carlson, serving as director of programs at the Washington Institute for Policy Studies in Seattle (now Washington Policy Center). Ms. Sharp earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.