Boyd-Killen manages the policy arm of the Beacon Center, working directly with the President & CEO to develop annual policy initiatives and oversees the publication of all policy briefs, reports, and special studies. Ms. Boyd-Killen also serves as the Center’s liaison to members of the Tennessee General Assembly and their staff on all policy issues or legislation in which the organization is involved, including meeting with and advising policymakers within the governor’s administration and legislature. She coordinates relationships with the Center’s senior fellows, develops the Center’s coalition outreach, and represents the Center by speaking at events throughout the state.
Ms. Boyd-Killen has been working in the free market public policy movement for over eight years, most recently serving as Director of Marketing and Communications for the Independent Institute in Oakland, CA. Prior to her move to the West Coast in 2010, she spent the majority of her time in Washington, D.C. advancing initiatives aimed at derailing the growth of government and respecting the original intent of our constitutional framers. She interned with retired Tennessee Congressman William Jenkins (R- 1st Dist.), Young America’s Foundation, and Freedom Alliance before joining the Freedom Alliance staff and managing outreach to organizations for the Sean Hannity Freedom Concerts with Lt.Col. Oliver North. Ms. Boyd-Killen then worked as Coalitions Manager and Associate Editor at Townhall.com for two years, managing the promotions and partnerships of 150 nonprofit public policy institutions before joining the Mercatus Center as Manager of New Media in Arlington, VA.
Her popular columns have appeared in Forbes, The Washington Times, Daily Caller, Townhall.com, The Hill, among others. A native of East Tennessee, Ms. Boyd-Killen received a Masters Certificate in public policy and B.A. in political science and classical history from the University of Tennessee.