As president and CEO of State Policy Network (SPN), Tracie Sharp serves a 130+ member peer network community of independent, non-partisan, free market allies in all 50 states.
State Policy Network is the incubator and connector of the free market, independent, state-focused think tank network. Tracie has been an active leader in state and local public policy since 1988. She has served on the SPN board of directors since 1992 and became president of SPN in 1999.
Under Tracie’s leadership, State Policy Network has grown from 36 think tanks in 34 states with combined revenues of about $15 million. Today SPN serves over 130 think tank members, including 66 state-focused think tanks in 49 states and Puerto Rico, with over 500 staff and combined revenues estimated at over $80 million. During that time SPN’s own revenues have grown from just under $200,000 in 1999 to exceeding $10 million in 2016.
Tracie helped launch Oregon’s market-oriented state think tank, Cascade Policy Institute, in 1991. During Tracie’s tenure, Cascade became the leading market-oriented voice in the state. It thrived on nationally-recognized public policy research, most notably in K-12 education reform and in urban planning.
Prior to her leadership at Cascade Policy Institute, Tracie worked alongside Washington State radio commentator John Carlson. She served as director of programs at the Washington Institute for Policy Studies in Seattle (now Washington Policy Center). She was also active in the Puget Sound Big Brother/Big Sister program.
Born and raised in central Washington State, Tracie grew up working in her family’s apple orchards. She earned a degree in history from the University of Washington. She and her husband married in 1993 and have two sons. They currently live in the San Francisco Bay area. Her family is active in local charitable efforts, including the award-winning e-Soccer program, serving special needs children across the Bay area.