About Us

ThinkTennessee is a nonpartisan, results-oriented think tank that uses research and advocacy to build a state where all Tennesseans are civically engaged and economically secure.

Our Story

In 2017, civic and business leaders from across Tennessee came together to build a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank tasked with promoting evidence-based ideas that move our state forward.

Led by a diverse board of directors and a staff with deep expertise in policy and communications, we blend top-notch research and analysis with a drive to inform policymakers, media, nonprofit partners and citizens about policies that have the power to improve Tennesseans’ lives.

What We Do

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Identify pragmatic policy solutions rooted in data

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Partner with leaders from across the state and both sides of the aisle

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Use actionable information to push for change

Our Priorities

We believe our state does best when Tennesseans are civically engaged and economically secure – when voters have a say in the decisions that impact their lives and workers earn enough to support their families. That’s why we focus our work on researching and then advocating for policies that empower voters, support working families and build a shared understanding of how our state stacks up nationally.

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Securing and modernizing Tennessee’s election systems to ensure all voices are  heard

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Building economic security by removing barriers that prevent Tennesseans from participating fully in the workforce or keep them trapped in cycles of debt

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Moving Tennessee forward by creating a common understanding of where we’re leading the way and where we’re falling behind

Our Values


We believe that our state’s Volunteer Spirit means we look out for each other and root for our neighbor’s success. We work toward a Tennessee where everyone has access to opportunity, economic mobility, civic participation, and happiness.


We believe in data-driven, evidence-based policy recommendations. We work to provide nonpartisan, independent research and expertise to our community and partners.


We believe courage is not only advocating for what you believe is right, but also having the patience and commitment to work with people from across the political landscape to identify common ground and develop innovative policy solutions to benefit all Tennesseans.


We believe in creating shared prosperity by building consensus around public policy. We work strategically to achieve practical policy change and are oriented towards tangible results.


We believe Tennesseans’ best days are ahead of us. Our policy recommendations work to move future generations toward a better tomorrow.