Kathleen O’Hearn is State Policy Network’s Senior Director of Policy Advancement. Kathleen leads SPN’s Advance Policy team, which works alongside state-based think tank staff to identify key policy reforms, help craft innovative ideas to advance human flourishing, and connect coalition partners across the country. This is Kathleen’s second tour of duty with the State Policy Network. She previously served as a Program Associate for SPN from 2006-2007. Prior to joining SPN for the second time, Kathleen served as the Associate Director for State Outreach and External Relations at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where she was responsible for connecting Mercatus scholars and their latest public policy research to state policy makers and collaborating with other policy groups both inside and outside the beltway on state issues. She also spent time as a staff assistant on Capitol Hill and working as a research intern for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Kathleen earned her BS in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, as well as a minor in Business Administration. She holds a Masters of Public Health from George Mason University.