We the People Video: Founding Principles of Freedom

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President & CEO

Tracie Sharp
President and CEO

Tracie Sharp is president of State Policy Network, the capacity building service organization of free market, state-focused public policy think tanks. SPN has over 130 members, including 64 state think tanks representing all 50 states. Ms. Sharp has been an active leader in the state-focused think tank movement since 1988, serving on the SPN board of directors since its founding in 1992 and hired as president in August 1999.


Advance Policy Team

The Advance Policy Team works alongside state-based institute staff to identify key policy reforms, help craft innovative ideas to advance human flourishing, and connect idea partners all across the country.

Jennifer Butler
Vice President of External Relations

Jennifer Butler's lifelong belief in self-sufficiency and free markets led her to State Policy Network and her current role as Vice President of External Relations. She is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with national and issue focused groups. 

Lynn Harsh
Vice President of Strategy

Lynn Harsh is Vice President of Strategy for State Policy Network and the head of the Advance Policy Team. Ms. Harsh is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of Washington State's Freedom Foundation (formerly Evergreen Freedom Foundation). She is also a member of the Leadership Development Initiative Team.
Rachel Kopec
Coalitions Manager

Rachel Kopec is Coalitions Manager for State Policy Network, developing relationships with D.C.-based organizations in order to promote state-focused strategies.

Kathleen O'Hearn
Director of Coalitions

Kathleen O'Hearn is the director of coalitions for State Policy Network. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing and developing relationships with D.C.-based organizations in order to promote state-focused strategies.


Leadership Development Initiative Team

The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) provides state-based institutions with the practical guidance and support required to execute their missions, including knowledge and skill-building around leadership, strategic planning, board education, development, communications, and operations. LDI also assists leaders interested in establishing new state-based organizations.

Teresa Brown
Director of Leadership Development

Teresa Brown is State Policy Network’s Director of Leadership Development. Teresa leads SPN’s Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) team, which provides state-based institutions with the practical guidance and support required to execute their missions, including knowledge and skill-building around leadership, strategic planning, board education, development, communications, and operations. LDI also assists leaders interested in establishing new state-based organizations.

Todd Davidson
Policy Specialist

Todd Davidson is State Policy Network’s Policy Specialist. Todd is responsible for keeping SPN staff apprised of policy movements in the states as well as the policy battles SPN affiliates are fighting.

Sharon Milhollin
Executive Assistant to Lynn Harsh

Sharon Milhollin is the executive assistant to Vice President of Strategy Lynn Harsh. In this capacity, she plans and executes meetings for the Leadership Development Intiative team, CEOs and Leadership Team.
Kristina Mitten Sanders
Leadership and Development Specialist

Kristina Mitten Sanders is the Leadership and Development Specialist at State Policy Network. In this role, she serves as a resource to SPN members on a wide range of development issues and connects development experts across the country with one another to be more effective leaders of philanthropy.

Meredith Turney
Director of Strategic Communications

Meredith Turney is the Director of Strategic Communications for State Policy Network's Leadership Development Initiative. She oversees SPN's internal and external communications strategy, as well as assists SPN affiliates in developing effective and compelling messaging.

Rebecca Phillips
Communications Manager

Rebecca Phillips is the Communications Manager for State Policy Network’s Leadership Development Initiative. She works alongside the Director of Strategic Communications to assist SPN affiliates in developing effective, compelling messaging and communications strategies. 

 


Development Team

The Development Team builds partnerships with investors who believe the pathway to secure freedom for future generations is through significant victories at the state level – strategic victories that ultimately change the course of the nation.   

Alexis Baker
Manager of Donor Relations

Alex is a Donor Relations Manager, serving as a liaison between SPN and its investors in the northeast and Michigan. 

Rebecca Bruchhauser
Director of Donor Relations

Rebecca Bruchhauser is the Director of Donor Relations for State Policy Network. She serves as a liaison between SPN and its investors.

Daniel J. Erspamer
Vice President for Strategic Partnerships

Daniel J. Erspamer is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the State Policy Network. In this role, he serves as a liaison between the organization and its investors and partners across the country and directs the overall development operation. He also serves as a resource to SPN members on a wide range of development issues. He is the leader of the Development Team.

Rebecca Feldman
Manager of Foundation Relations

Rebecca Feldman is the Manager of Foundation Relations for State Policy Network. In this role, Rebecca serves as the relationship-builder for SPN and its foundations donor base.

Rebecca Painter
Donor Relations Manager

Rebecca Painter joined SPN in July 2012 as Donor Relations Manager.  She serves as a liason between SPN and its investors.
Spencer Hughes
Development Associate

Spencer Hughes is a development associate for State Policy Network. Prior to joining SPN, Spencer held multiple internships, including time at Cato Institute and with Senator Jim DeMint.

Betsy Thraves
Executive Assistant

Betsy Thraves serves as executive assistant to SPN's vice president for development. She assists in securing donor meetings and arranging schedules.

Maura Weber
Donor Relations Assistant

Maura Weber is the Donor Relations Assistant for SPN. Prior to joining SPN, Maura interned at The Heritage Foundation as well as on Congressman Zach Wamp’s gubernatorial campaign. She also served as a Community Development fellow at a non-profit organization in Memphis, TN.



Operations Team

The Operations Team is responsible for all financial, human resources, information technology, legal compliance, and office space management for SPN.

Brad Brad Gruber
Operations Director

Brad Gruber is the Operations Director for the State Policy Network. He serves as the point person for all day-to-day internal SPN operations to include finance, HR, IT, and a variety of other things. Prior to joining SPN he spent six years in the commercial sector in numerous management roles and six years in the Air Force. 

Betsy Johnson
Office Manager

Betsy Johnson is Office Manager for the State Policy Network. She manages the office space, and serves as point of contact for staff located outside of the DC area to assist with internal policies, benefits and compensation. She worked in the corporate office of Cox Enterprises, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia for over 10 years prior to joining the SPN team. Betsy has earned a bachelor’s and a master’s in English.

Michelle Poehlmann
Administrative Associate

Michelle Poehlmann is an administrative associate for State Policy Network, managing frequent database updates and maintenance, as well as various administrative tasks.

Tony Woodlief
Executive Vice President

Tony Woodlief is Executive Vice President at the State Policy Network. He helps oversee SPN operations, supports SPN’s president in her guidance of the leadership team, and helps ensure the organization’s projects and programs measure success, evolve as SPN grows, and maintain alignment with our vision and mission.


 Thomas A. Roe, Founding Chairman, 1927-2000

SPN's Founding Chairman, Thomas Anderson Roe, Jr., was born and raised in Greenville County, South Carolina. Everyone who knew Tom credited his remarkable vision and down-to-earth nature for his many successes. He was an outstanding businessman and philanthropist and a devoted friend of freedom and free enterprise both at home and abroad.

Tom graduated from Greenville's Furman University in 1948, worked as a research assistant in the University's cancer research project funded by a Carnegie Foundation grant, and co-authored several research papers. He also earned a business degree from LaSalle Extension University and a certificate in advanced studies from the Brookings Institution Program on Urban Policy.

Tom became Chairman of the Board of Builder Marts of America, a company he transformed from a small building material supply company into an international corporation. He served as Vice President of American Holdings, a firm with ice cream, refrigerator, and furniture manufacturing interests in the United States, along with land holding and air cargo operations in the Dominican Republic.

Tom was active in the South Carolina Republican Party from 1954 to 1964, serving numerous terms as a Greenville County Committeeman. Gradually disillusioned with practical politics, he was impressed with the work of national think tanks to promote sound ideas as a basis for prudent public policies.

In the Reagan era, Tom was considered a national player in U.S. policy, advising former President Reagan and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He became a Trustee and played an active role in the development of The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. In the mid-80s, he founded the South Carolina Policy Council with a group of Greenville-area businessmen.

Tom's contributions to his state and country were recognized in numerous ways, including an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Furman University in 1980, the Order of the Palmetto of the State of South Carolina in 1995, and the Clare Boothe Luce Award from The Heritage Foundation in 1999.

Tom was dedicated to State Policy Network and its mission to extend and strengthen the community of state-based policy organizations. He worked tirelessly to make SPN a success, serving as Chairman for many years and providing untold hours of informal support in the early days of the state think tank movement. And, he provided funding through his own Roe Foundation, which continues to provide financial support to free-market policy groups across the country.

In 1992, SPN established the annual Roe Awards in Tom's honor to recognize leadership, innovation and accomplishment in the free market state think tank community.


Board of Directors 

Theodore D. Abram
American Institute for Full Employment
Adam Meyerson
Philanthropy Roundtable
Whitney L. Ball
DonorsTrust
Tracie J. Sharp (President)
State Policy Network
Carl Helstrom (Chairman)
The JM Foundation
Stanford D. Swim (Secretary)
The GFC Foundation
Thomas Willcox (Treasurer) 
The Roe Foundation
Bridgett G. Wagner
The Heritage Foundation
John Jackson
Adolph Coors Foundation
 

 

 

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About SPN

State Policy Network is made up of free market think tanks - at least one in every state - fighting to limit government and advance market-friendly public policy at the state and local levels. SPN and our members make the Founders' vision for the American Republic a reality as the nation's only 50-state distribution network for market-oriented public policy ideas. Our programs advance and defend American liberty and free enterprise by assisting new start-up organizations, growing existing state think tanks, recruiting talent to the think tank industry, developing strategic partnerships, and promoting the free-market state movement. Read More

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