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State Policy and Performance

Pew’s state policy initiatives identify and advance effective policy approaches to central issues facing states.  The center is part of Pew’s broader effort to study and promote nonpartisan policy solutions for pressing and emerging problems affecting Americans.

David Becker

Director, Election Initiatives
The Pew Charitable Trusts

David Becker is director of Election Initiatives for Pew. He supervises work in election administration, including research and reform efforts to improve military and overseas voting; assess election performance through better data; use technology to provide voters with information they need to cast a ballot; and upgrade voter registration systems.

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Michael G. Caudell-Feagan

Vice President, Programs, Government Performance
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Michael Caudell-Feagan manages state advocacy campaigns and policy initiatives. This portfolio includes the Children’s Dental Health Campaign, Election Initiatives, Home Visiting Campaign, Public Safety Performance Project, and the Results First project.

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Shelly Gehshan

Director, Children's Dental Health
The Pew Charitable Trusts

As director of the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign, Shelly Gehshan supervises the project’s work with states to expand access to prevention and treatment for children through policy changes in Medicaid, sealant programs, community water fluoridation and the dental workforce.

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Adam Gelb

Director, Public Safety Performance Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Adam Gelb is director of the Public Safety Performance Project, which helps states advance policies and practices in adult and juvenile sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control corrections costs.

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Kil Huh

Director, State and Local Fiscal Health
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Kil Huh is director of the State and Local Fiscal Health project, which conducts in-depth research to better understand the factors contributing to state budget woes and budget shortfalls. The project also provides critical insights as state policy makers seek to navigate a difficult fiscal landscape in the years to come.

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Maria Schiff

Director, State Health Care Spending
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Maria Schiff is director of the State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to help policymakers understand state expenditures related to health care and to manage these costs while maintaining or improving Americans’ health.

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Ingrid Schroeder

Director, Fiscal Federalism Initiatives
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Ingrid Schroeder oversees Pew’s efforts to provide independent and unbiased data on the health of the federal budget and its long-term sustainability. The research also examines the effects of a variety of fiscal policies to inform the debate on current, pressing concerns and to increase fiscal accountability, responsibility, and transparency.

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Anne Stauffer

Director, Fiscal Federalism
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Anne Stauffer is the director of the Fiscal Federalism Initiative, which examines fiscal and policy relationships between the federal government and the states.

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Susan K. Urahn

Executive Vice President
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Susan Urahn, executive vice president of The Pew Charitable Trusts, leads efforts to help policymakers identify and implement pragmatic, data-driven solutions to our nation’s toughest challenges. She directs Pew’s nonpartisan research, technical assistance, and advocacy to promote effective and fiscally sound government, enhance family economic security, and prevent unnecessary health risks.

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Gary VanLandingham

Director, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
The Pew Charitable Trusts

As director of the Results First initiative at Pew, Gary VanLandingham manages Pew’s work to advance the use of cost-benefit analysis and to cultivate a climate for evidence-based decision-making that can enable states to eliminate ineffective programs and shift resources to those that generate the best outcomes.

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Robert Zahradnik

Director, State Policy, State Fiscal Health and Economic Growth
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Robert Zahradnik is director of research on states’ economic vitality at Pew. He oversees efforts to research and analyze efficient and effective options for addressing state economic challenges and building a strong foundation for long-term economic vitality.

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Clean Energy
Phyllis Cuttino, Director, Clean Energy, The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Project on National Security, Energy and Climate
Phyllis Cuttino, Director, Clean Energy, The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Federal Fisheries Policy Reform Project
Lee Crockett, Director, U.S. Oceans, The Pew Charitable Trusts
The future of the nation’s fishery law is up for debate this week as Congress continues a series of hearings...