Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is chief economist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He earned his doctorate in economics at Texas Tech University and has an accomplished career as a policy director and university lecturer with experience in public policy, academia, and government. In these capacities, Dr. Ginn works to unlock poverty through relational, inclusive changes in institutions that expand opportunities to let people prosper. He is a prolific writer and is a leading free market economist who was honored with the “Defender of the American Dream” award by Americans for Prosperity—Texas and with the “Champion of Freedom” award by Grassroots America—We The People.

From 2007 to 2013, Dr. Ginn taught multiple courses of economics at Texas Tech University, where he won a teaching award, and Sam Houston State University.

From 2013 to 2019, he worked in multiple roles at TPPF and fought for and won good government reforms to let people prosper during three legislative sessions in Texas.

From 2019 to 2020, Dr. Ginn served as the Associate Director for Economic Policy of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the Executive Office of the President during the Trump administration. In this capacity, he advised the OMB’s director on economic and fiscal policy matters; managed a team who sought evidence of good government and modeled the economic assumptions in the President’s FY 2021 federal budget, which proposed a record of $4.6 trillion in cuts to the national debt over a decade, made most of the Trump tax cuts permanent, and noted the need for fiscal rules; and provided in-depth analyses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In May 2020, Dr. Ginn returned to the Foundation to assist in many policy areas to find what works best for human flourishing. This includes developing and coordinating a multi-state welfare-to-work initiative, known as the Opportunity Project, and leading the development of policy reforms at the federal, state, and local levels to strengthen institutions.

Dr. Ginn has overcome many obstacles in his life and works with that same demeanor to thrive in every situation and help others do the same. He gives keynote speeches, appears in major media outlets, publishes papers in top-ranked academic journals, conducts policy research on critical issues, and works to turn papers into policy. Dr. Ginn is instrumental in the Foundation’s effort to preserve Texas as a place where Texans can build their careers, raise their families and live their lives freely. He resides with his wife and two young boys in Round Rock, Texas, and is a drummer who played for a top rock band in Houston.

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