State Policy Network

Media Information

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Tony Woodlief

Tony Woodlief is a political science expert and executive vice president at State Policy Network. Tony is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Wichita State University. Tony has been published in national outlets including The Wall Street Journal and RealClearPolitics. He is the author of I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance.

Carrie Conko

Carrie Conko is the Senior Vice President of Communications of State Policy Network. Prior to joining SPN in 2016, Carrie was senior vice president at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where she oversaw all aspects of communications, marketing, and outreach. Carrie received her BA in International Relations and Anthropology from American University.

Erin Norman

Erin Norman is the Lee Family Fellow and Senior Messaging Strategist at State Policy Network, leading collaborative, strategic messaging development to persuade more people to choose free-market based reforms. She has over 15 years in communications research including experience in campaign polling at the local, state and federal level and in voter and consumer micro-targeting using predictive analytics. Erin holds a Master’s in Public Policy from The College of William and Mary, with a focus on econometrics, and a BS in Business Administration from Boston University.

Todd Davidson

Todd Davidson is State Policy Network’s Vice President of Programs. Todd works directly with state think tanks to develop their organization and advocacy strategies. Over the years he has helped start more than a dozen state think tanks and guided over 30 think tanks through strategy development processes. Todd received a Bachelors and Master’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas. Todd is an expert in organizational strategy, think tank advocacy, and political economy.

Chantal Lovell

Chantal Lovell is the Director of Policy Advancement at SPN, where she works to help state think tanks advance policy reforms related to workplace freedom, economic recovery, and healthcare. Before joining SPN, Chantal worked as the communications manager at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan. Chantal holds a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Nebraska, and previously worked as an award-winning journalist in California. She was previously a journalist in Redlands, California and Napa Valley, where she received awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for investigative reporting, economic reporting and features writing. Chantal is an expert in government union policy, and the impact public policies have on American families.

SPN in the News


Reject Biden’s Regulatory Push
Erin Norman at National Review  | August 1, 2022

Fixing Things at the Local Level Without Government
Erin Norman in the Washington Examiner  | July 14, 2022

Trust in Government Lower Now Than After Watergate Scandal
Erin Norman at RealClearPolitics  | June 30, 2022

Americans’ Surprising Agreement on Teaching Race in the Classroom
Erin Norman in Governing  | June 7, 2022

As Biden Dithers, States Are Enacting Meaningful Inflation Policy
Erin Norman in The Hill | June 6, 2022

America Doesn’t Need to Argue Less, It Needs to Argue Better
Tony Woodlief at RealClearBooks | June 2, 2022

How an AP Headline Twists a Tale of American Racism
Erin Norman in the Washington Examiner | May 27, 2022

Beware, Party Bosses, the Rise of the Unaffiliateds is Coming For You
Tony Woodlief in The Washington Post | April 14, 2022

Gen Z’s Surprising Support for Federalism
Erin Norman in InsideSources | April 5, 2022

Americans’ Declining Trust in the Politicians Who Run Their Schools
Erin Norman in Governing Magazine | March 2, 2022

Let Our Communities Lead
Tony Woodlief at National Review | March 4, 2022

Declining trust in government shows why local politics matters
Erin Norman in the Washington Examiner | January 31, 2022

The Rise of the Interloping Radicals
Tony Woodlief in Spectator World  | January 19, 2022

Independent Voters are Alive and Well—and Angrier Than Ever
Tony Woodlief in The New York Post | December 11, 2021

America Needs a Great Decentralization
Michael Lucci in National Review | November 26, 2021

Is America in ‘a Cold Civil War’? Not at All.
Tony Woodlief at Governing | October 8, 2021

State Bans on Critical Race Theory Won’t Work
Tony Woodlief in The Wall Street Journal | August 20, 2021

All Agree: Better Voting Access and Security Are Needed
Tony Woodlief at Real Clear Politics | September 11, 2021

How the States Can Fight the Federal Incentives Encouraging Joblessness
Michael Lucci in National Review | June 15, 2021

States Offer an Alternative Path to Save American Healthcare
Kathleen O’Hearn at US News & World Report | March 29, 2021

Why the 2020 Election is a Mandate for Solutions and Moderation
Carrie Conko and Erin Norman in USA Today | November 23, 2020

Free Speech Absolutism Killed Free Speech
Tony Woodlief at The Wall Street Journal | September 7, 2020

The Overlooked Potential of State AGs for Police Reform
Tony Woodlief at Governing | June 15, 2020


The Rise of Independents 
Tony Woodlief on the Michael Smerconish Show | April 19, 2022

Can Federalism Save America?
A Conversation with Fox News’ Guy Benson and Tony Woodlief | March 24, 2022

The Rise of the Independent Voter
Tony Woodlief on Wake Up Columbia with Branden Rathert (Missouri) | February 9, 2022

Is America Divided?
Tony Woodlief on the Moon Griffon Show (Louisiana) | February 9, 2022

Reclaiming American Self-Governance
Tony Woodlief on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal | December 23, 2021

Independent Voters ANGRIER Than Ever, Will the Parties SMARTEN UP and Find Better 2024 Candidates?
Tony Woodlief on The Hill TV | December 17, 2021

I, Citizen Takeaways
Tony Woodlief on the Jim Bohannon Radio Show | December 6, 2021

The Rise of Independents
Tony Woodlief on the Lars Larson Show | November 15, 2021

Election 2021 and the Rise of the Independent Voter
Tony Woodlief on Fox News Radio | November 9, 2021

State Bans on Critical Race Theory
Tony Woodlief on the David Webb Show | August 27, 2021


Tony Woodlief: I, Citizen
Tony Woodlief on the Civil Squared Podcast | December 13, 2021

What Does ‘Self-Governance’ Look Like In The Era Of Community Decay?
Tony Woodlief on The Federalist Podcast | December 13, 2021

Podcast: Can American Self-Governance Be Saved?
Tony Woodlief on the Spectator Podcast | December 8, 2021

Episode 381: I, Citizen by Tony Woodlief
Tony Woodlief on National Review’s Bookmonger Podcast | December 6, 2021

The High Costs of Incarceration
Rebecca Painter on the Civil Squared Podcast | September 13, 2021