Meet Our Staff: Grace Graves

Meet our staff: Grace Graves

The Sycamore Institute recently welcomed Grace Graves to our full-time staff as our communications and engagement manager. We asked Grace to answer a few questions below so you can get to know her better.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m from Dayton, Tennessee, a small town north of Chattanooga. I became interested in politics and public policy when I entered college and realized how policy can help pave the way for greater human flourishing for all people. I call Franklin home and love exploring the area by visiting local coffee shops.

Why did you want to work at the Sycamore Institute?

A native Tennessean, I truly believe Tennessee is one of the best places to live. Moreover, I believe in the competition of ideas. I think that when people with different views and backgrounds get together, we can make the best decisions for the greatest amount of people. That starts with ensuring we’re on the same page about the facts. I appreciate how the Sycamore Institute doesn’t just pay lip service to these ideas but takes them seriously by employing staff across the political aisle.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

In 15 years, I hope I am in a position where I am communicating important ideas and data to make informed decisions. I’ve always envisioned pursuing a Ph.D. and teaching at the collegiate level, but there are so many ways to pursue this kind of work. There’s something meaningful in seeing a lightbulb go off for someone!

What are your interests and activities outside of work?

I love finding a new podcast, visiting National Parks, and showing friends new restaurants.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I can name every state capital!

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