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America At Its Best – Live at Annual Meeting: Tarren Bragdon

At Annual Meeting, we have the opportunity to meet with hundreds of leaders across the Network who are doing big things in their states and beyond. As part of our mission, SPN partners with these leaders for the long haul, coming alongside them with professional development opportunities, coaching, strategy planning, connections with other leaders, and engagement on policy efforts that have the potential for national impact. This is all made possible because of those who support SPN and this Network. 

We had the chance to speak with Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, about his leadership and the exciting progress his organization has made on key issues like getting people back to work and election integrity. Ten years ago, Bragdon won SPN’s prestigious Roe Award for his leadership at the Maine Heritage Policy Center (an SPN member) in pushing back against the Affordable Care Act on the state and federal level. It was this award that inspired him to dream bigger, move his family to Florida, and start his own organization. FGA began with $50,000 in seed money and has grown to a $16 million organization today. In 2021, they have led efforts to restore trust in our election processes with 57 reform wins in 14 states.

As you’ll see in the interview, he describes how SPN’s partnership was not only helpful in the early days, but continues to be a valuable resource as they go even bigger into the future. He said, “It’s like a 3-legged race…I’m tied to SPN every step of the way.” 

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Policy Issues: Elections and Voting
States: Florida
Organization: State Policy Network
Professional Topics: Government Affairs