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BIOGRAPHIES

THE FAMILY PROSPERITY INITIATIVE AND THE FAMILY PROSPERITY INDEX

Wendy P. Warcholik, Ph.D.

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Director, Family Prosperity Initiative
Senior Research Fellow
American Conservative Union Foundation

As a public choice economist trained in applied microeconomics and econometrics, Wendy Warcholik has spent her career applying economic tools to the problems of state government. Wendy is currently a Senior Fellow at the American Conservative Union Foundation, Illinois Policy Institute and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Her professional experience includes positions as Economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, Chief Forecasting Economist for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services, and Adjunct Scholar with The Tax Foundation. She has worked as a consultant to free-market think tanks across the country for the past ten years.

Warcholik is the co-creator of the Tax Foundation’s popular State Business Tax Climate Index, now in its fourteenth year of publication.

She received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University.While pursuing her Ph.D., she was a Bradley Research Fellow with Nobel Laureate James Buchanan’s Center for the Study of Public Choice. Additionally, Warcholik has taught numerous economics courses to MBA students.

J. Scott Moody, M.A.

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Director, Family Prosperity Initiative
Senior Research Fellow
American Conservative Union Foundation

J. Scott Moody has worked as a Public Policy Economist for over 18 years. He is the author, co-author and editor of 180 studies and books. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress as well as various state legislatures. His work has appeared in Forbes, CNN Money, State Tax Notes, Portland Press Herald, New Hampshire’s Union Leader, Hartford Courant, The Oklahoman, and Albuquerque Journal.

He was formerly the CEO and Chief Economist of the State Policy Network affiliated think tank The Maine Heritage Policy Center. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the American Conservative Union Foundation, Illinois Policy Institute and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. His professional experience includes positions as Senior Economist at The Tax Foundation, Senior Economist at The Heritage Foundation, and Vice President of Policy at The Maine Heritage Policy Center. Additionally, Scott was appointed to Maine’s Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission by Governor Paul LePage (R) in January 2011 and served for 4 years.

Moody is the co-creator of the Tax Foundation’s popular State Business Tax Climate Index, now in its fourteenth year of publication.

Moody received his Master of Arts in Economics from George Mason University.