Darcy Olsen

Darcy Olsen serves as president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute, a groundbreaking state research and litigation center for conservative policy in the United States. Under Olsen’s leadership, the Goldwater Institute has acted as a policy architect for successful state level reforms, including school choice laws, initiatives to protect private property, and tax cuts. The Goldwater Institute has been named Arizona's Best Capitol Watchdog by the Arizona Capitol Times four times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).

An authority on state policy trends in education reform, economic policy, and government reform, Olsen has been a guest on National Public Radio, the O’Reilly Factor, and the former Dennis Miller Show, and appears regularly on Arizona’s Horizon and Sunday Square-Off public policy television shows. Olsen’s opinions have been widely published in such outlets as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the National Review, and she has provided testimony before Congress.

Olsen has been recognized as one of Arizona’s top women in public policy by the Arizona Capitol Times and one of Arizona’s most influential people by PolitickerAZ.com. The Phoenix Business Journal selected Olsen as a recipient of its Forty-Under-40 award and named her as one of Phoenix’s 50 “Power People.” For exemplary achievement in state public policy, Olsen received the national Roe Award in 2006.

Olsen was previously the director of education policy at the Washington D.C.-based Cato Institute, and has served as a transitional house manager for the D.C. Coalition for the Homeless.

Olsen earned a B.S. at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and an M.A. in International Education at New York University. She is a native of the west from St. George, Utah. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Independent Newspapers and newszap.com.

Darcy Olsen serves as president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute, a groundbreaking state research and litigation center for conservative policy in the United States. Under Olsen's leadership, the Goldwater Institute has acted as a policy architect for successful state level reforms, including school choice laws, initiatives to protect private property, and tax cuts.Goldwater InstitutePresident and CEO