DJ Summers, Director of Policy & Research


DJ Summers is Director of Policy and Research for the Common Sense Institute, where he oversees the efforts of analysts and fellows to produce the best in class analysis of Colorado’s most pressing policy issues.

Prior to joining the institute, DJ spent a decade working as a journalist. He cut his teeth covering cyber security for Fortune before moving to Alaska to cover the commercial fishing industry. He left to write a book on the marijuana industry (The Business of Cannabis, ABC-CLIO, 2018), and spent time working for political research firms and think tanks before landing at FOX31 Denver. As FOX31’s data reporter, DJ gathered and interpreted publicly available data to dive deep into Colorado issues, focusing in particular on housing, crime, migration, and business trends.

DJ graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University. He spends his spare time in the gym or at the piano bench.