Darcy Olsen
President and CEO


  • Early childhood and preschool

Darcy Olsen serves as president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute, a groundbreaking state research and litigation center for conservative policy in the U.S. An authority on state policy trends in education reform, economic policy and government reform, Olsen has been a guest on NPR, The O’Reilly Factor, and the former Dennis Miller Show, and appears regularly on Arizona’s Horizon and Sunday Square-Off public policy TV shows. 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 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 bachelor’s degree at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a master’s in international education at New York University.