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Emily Wismer

State Policy Network
Government Affairs and Policy Specialist
As SPN’s Government Affairs and Policy Specialist, Emily works directly with state think tanks to develop transformational policy efforts and cultivate high-performing policy leaders at the state level. Emily also serves as a policy advisor to state think tanks in their efforts to remove barriers to job creation and entrepreneurship in their state. She helps groups strengthen the quality of their research, use research to promote state-based solutions (government affairs), and catalyze a collaborative movement to promote strong jobs policies amongst the states. 
 
Emily stumbled upon the freedom movement while working on budget, tax, and education policy for US Senator John Cornyn. She was impressed by its ability to both develop excellent free market research and solutions to relevant policy issues and then communicate those solutions in a way that impacts change. It was a match made in heaven, and she left the Hill to do policy research.  
 
Most recently, Emily served as Assistant Director of State Outreach at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where she built relationships with policymakers and educational nonprofits, strategized policy solutions and academic research needs, briefed scholars of upcoming policy issues, and informed policymaking with peer-reviewed research. Prior to that, she produced research papers, briefings, media presentations, and op-eds on energy and international women’s issues as Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum. Her work has been published in The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Hill, and Townhall. 
 
Emily loves being outdoors and spends her free time hiking, rock climbing, and doing yoga.