State Policy Network

SPN Visiting Fellow: Justin Owen

Justin Owen
Visiting Senior Fellow for Leadership Development

Justin is a visiting senior fellow for leadership development with SPN. He coaches other state think tank leaders in their efforts to make their states a bastion of freedom and free enterprise. Justin is the president & CEO of the Beacon Center of Tennessee and its 501(c)(4) advocacy partner, Beacon Impact. Justin recently led the successful effort to enshrine right-to-work in the Tennessee Constitution. Under his leadership, Beacon has also brought about Tennessee’s first-ever private school choice program, secured numerous free market healthcare reforms, and repealed Tennessee’s Hall Income Tax and death tax, saving taxpayers nearly $4 billion to date. Several of these reform efforts have received national awards for their sophistication and unique approach.