Alabama Policy Institute names new CEO

Stephanie Smith is the third person named CEO and first woman to lead the institute

Stephanie Smith.

Stephanie Smith has been named president and chief executive officer of the Alabama Policy Institute. She succeeds Caleb Crosby, who is stepping down. Smith is the third person and first woman to hold the position.

Crosby was named president and CEO in 2014, succeeding Gary Palmer, who now serves as a congressman for Alabama.

“I am honored by the confidence of API’s leadership and look forward to building upon the successes of the organization by actively engaging elected officials and other Alabamians in substantive public policy conversations,” said Smith.

Smith’s professional experience, in both the public and private sectors, includes serving as director of governmental affairs for Regions Financial, president of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, assistant director of finance for the state of Alabama, deputy director of finance for the state of Alabama and principal of the Thatcher Coalition.

“Stephanie has been working alongside the API team since 2021. She brings a wealth of political knowledge and decades of practical policy experience to the team,” said Richard Stimpson, board chairman of API. “Stephanie is a stalwart for the principles upon which API was founded: free markets, limited government and strong families.”

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The Alabama Policy Institute states it is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization.

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