The Yankee Institute for Public Policy Studies is a research and citizen education organization founded in 1984 under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. As one of America’s oldest state-based think tanks, Yankee develops and advocates for free market, limited government public policy solutions in Connecticut.

We are dedicated to improving lives through freedom and opportunity. Wielding the power of award-winning research and top-notch public relations skills, the Yankee Institute is the most recognized free market think tank in Connecticut.

Put simply, Yankee is an entrepreneur in the marketplace of ideas, selling a range of products that promote individual liberty and economic prosperity. Our products include:

  • Award-winning research on issues such as taxation, government spending, education, energy, transportation, health care, and government transparency and accountability
  • Investigative journalism to uncover government waste, fraud, and abuse in state and local government
  • Public opinion polling on public policy issues
  • Events such as the Yankee Institute Speakers Luncheon series, the Milton Friedman birthday party, and other well-attended events
  • Working through our sister organization Yankee Action, we promote and advocate free market, limited government principles with multimedia campaigns

The nine members of the Yankee Institute Board of Directors provide strategic guidance and financial oversight for the organization and are supported by the YI Advisory Committee. Yankee’s work is funded through the generosity of private individuals and foundations. We do not accept government funds and file annual disclosure reports with the Internal Revenue Service.


Telephone: 860-282-0722

Mailing Address:

Yankee Institute for Public Policy
216 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06106


Submit your resume and cover letter seeking employment, internships, or fellowships to Zach Janowski.


IRS Form 990 – 2007 (PDF)

IRS Form 990 – 2008 (PDF)

IRS Form 990 – 2009 (PDF)

IRS Nonprofit Letter (PDF)

Board of Directors

Andrew R. Jones, Chairman
Gerald Gunderson, Treasurer
Ken Boudreau
Judi Freedman
Daniel Gressel
Kevin North
George W. Schiele
Robert R. Simmons
Penny Young


Carol Platt Liebau, President, Carol@YankeeInstitute.org
Tamara Tragakiss Barry, Development Director, Tamara@YankeeInstitute.org
Suzanne Bates, Policy Director, Suzanne@YankeeInstitute.org
Matthew Fox, Operations Director, Matthew@YankeeInstitute.org
Zach Janowski, External Affairs and Investigative Reporting, Zach@YankeeInstitute.org