State Policy Network

Board Development Program

A well-engaged board is one of the greatest assets a nonprofit can have. State Policy Network is committed to ensuring that board members in the SPN Network have the resources needed to help their organizations succeed.

Annual SPN State Think Tank Board Chair Retreat

Monday, August 28, 2023 | 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Every year, in advance of the SPN Annual Meeting, SPN hosts a gathering of state think tank board chairmen from around the country. The half-day retreat offers board chairmen the opportunity to network with and learn from fellow board leaders. The program is designed to provide participants a chance for in-depth conversation about the opportunities and challenges facing their organizations.

2023 SPN Annual Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 29-Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023

The SPN Annual Meeting is a valuable opportunity to connect and learn from fellow board members and think tank leaders from around the country.

  • Annual State Think Tank Board Member Breakfast, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023 | 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

Every board member should attend the SPN Annual Meeting! It is some of the best time you can invest to grow your think tank… As a board member, I was able to develop relationships with board members from other SPN affiliates and how our board can best contribute to the long-term vitality of our organization. 

– Keith Pauley, Chairman, Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy

When I attended my first State Policy Network Annual Meeting, I planned to spend one day and get back to work.  After a few sessions I was hooked; I stayed for the entire event. This is now the one event that I make room on my calendar for every year!

– John Cerasuolo, Beacon Center of Tennessee

Quarterly State Think Tank Board Chair Peer Network Calls

These facilitated calls are structured to allow high-level, peer-to-peer discussions amongst state think tank board chairs, in between the annual in-person Chairmen’s Retreat. It’s an opportunity for chairs to ask questions of one another and to share best practices and lessons learned.


  • Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2023 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

SPN Contact

For more information on SPN’s board development program, contact Teresa Brown, SPN’s Board Development Consultant.