Susan K. Urahn currently serves as Pew’s executive vice president. In March 2020, she was appointed by the board of directors as the organization’s next president and CEO, effective July 1, 2020.
Urahn joined Pew in 1994 as a key member of its planning and evaluation division, and directed the department from 1997 to 2000. In that role, she helped evaluate all of the institution’s grants and Trusts-initiated projects, including Pew’s early environmental work. After seven years leading Pew’s education and state policy portfolio, Urahn helped launch the Pew Center on the States and served as the center’s director from 2007 to 2012. She became an executive vice president in 2012, leading all of Pew’s work on state policy, economics, and health care, and then became chief program officer in 2016.
Before joining Pew, Urahn worked in policy research and evaluation with the Minnesota House of Representatives and at the University of Minnesota.
Urahn holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a doctorate in education policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.