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 “Champion of Freedom” award from Grassroots America—We The People.

From 2013 to 2019, he worked in multiple roles at the Foundation through three Texas legislative sessions where he fought and won good government reforms to let people prosper.

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 Budget, which cut a record $4.6 trillion in debt over a decade, made the Trump tax cuts permanent, and noted the need for a fiscal rule; and provided in-depth analysis 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 entitlement reform initiative, known as the Opportunity Project, and leading the development of policy recommendations for state budget cuts and spending priorities to strengthen institutions so more people can better care for themselves and their families.

Dr. Ginn has overcome many obstacles throughout 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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