Who We Are

Policy Matters Ohio is a non-profit, nonpartisan policy research organization founded in January 2000 to broaden the debate about economic policy in Ohio.  Our mission is to create a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio, through research, media work and policy advocacy. Ohio faces enormous challenges from the global recession, three decades of deindustrialization, rising inequality, and global warming. We also see tremendous opportunity to reinvest in Ohio’s workers, children, cities and infrastructure, to forge an economy that works better for all. 

In 2008, the Nation magazine named Policy Matters the most valuable state or regional organization in the country. Director Amy Hanauer was named a policy driver by Inside Business Magazine, and a 2011 PolitiFact in The Cleveland Plain Dealer rated her statements at a speech to be “true,” the highest rating. The organization was honored for innovation and excellence by the Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations in 2010 and the Ohio Association of Non-Profit Organizations in 2011.

Policy Matters is proud to get generous grants from the Ford Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the St. Luke’s Foundation, the Sisters of Charity Foundation, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Public Welfare Foundation, the Stoneman Family Foundation, the Working Poor Families Project, Environmental Health Watch, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, the Raymond John Wean Foundation, the EMA Foundation, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the Doll Family Foundation, Central Ohio Community Shares  and Greater Cleveland Community Shares.

Our research is unified by a belief in high-road economic and community development. Click here to read Moving on up: What high-road development means, and means to us. Download our two-page backgrounder on Policy Matters here.

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