About us

Nevada’s only statewide, nonpartisan policy research center

The Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research center addressing key challenges faced by policymakers and all Nevadans. 

Founded in 2014 by a group of Nevadans who sought to advance new policy choices based on sound research, sensible and pragmatic thinking, and bold ideas, the Guinn Center is named after the late Governor Kenny Guinn. Governor Guinn was a dynamic force for good in Nevada whose legacy of bipartisan problem-solving continues to inspire our mission today. 

Our staff researchers, together with academic partners and independent experts across the state, tackle policy issues that range from taxation to water use, healthcare to education, and everything in between. We identify and analyze the complex problems we face as a state and inform decision-makers about actionable, data-driven, and effective policy solutions.


Identify and advance sound policies and actionable solutions that support a thriving and prosperous Nevada.


Advancing evidence-based policy solutions for Nevada through research, public engagement, and partnerships.


We conduct data-driven research, offer independent policy analysis and actionable policy solutions, facilitate statewide collaboration and dialogue, and build collaborative partnerships to advance informed policy solutions for Nevada.

How We Do IT

Policy research & analysis

Budget and policy primers

Facilitated workshops, conferences, and roundtables

Data collection and analysis

Statistical analysis

Companion infographics and one-page briefs

Our Commitment To

Our work matters now more than ever. Political polarization has deeply divided both policymakers and people across the Silver State. Our conversations are often rooted in partisan perspectives instead of shared facts.

We exist to put facts and unbiased, balanced analysis – independent and free of political influence – back at the center of Nevada’s policy conversations, whether at the Nevada Legislature, the water cooler, or around your kitchen table.

The Guinn Center is the only policy research center in Nevada that is both nonpartisan and statewide. Though our main office is in Reno, our team members are located across the state – even around the world. We are a proud affiliate of the University of Nevada, Reno, and proud to partner with many Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institutions to accomplish our mission.

Thank you for your interest in the Guinn Center. We invite you to join us in creating a brighter future for the Silver State by supporting our mission, signing up for our newsletter, or getting in contact.