June 3, 2020

Common Sense Policy Roundtable Celebrates New Look & New Name

Denver, CO – “We are Common Sense Institute,” said President and CEO Kristin Strohm in announcing a new look and a new name for the organization previously known as Common Sense Policy Roundtable.

“Ten years ago, we realized that divisive partisanship and political rhetoric was overwhelming facts, data and sensible policy debate,” said CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMG National Trust Bank and Chairman of the CSI Board Earl Wright. “We founded an organization dedicated to fact-based economic analysis to help Coloradans make informed, common sense decisions.”

While the organization celebrates a new name and a new look, the mission remains the same: to examine the fiscal impacts of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws so that Coloradans are educated and informed on issues impacting their lives. CSI employs rigorous research techniques and dynamic modeling to evaluate the potential impact of these measures on the Colorado economy and individual opportunity.

“Over the last ten years, CSPR – now CSI – has been at the forefront of policy debates ranging from energy to affordable housing to healthcare and everything in between,” said CSI Board Member Buz Koelbel, President, Koelbel & Company. “Our contribution to public policy is critical and we look forward to many more years of providing analysis and helping Coloradans fully understand the impacts of policies and initiatives.”

“We are committed to a non-partisan approach and will continue to work with both sides of the aisle to advance impactful legislation because we know the best solutions for Colorado,” continued CSPR Board Member Heidi Ganahl, Regent, University of Colorado and CEO, SheFactor.

“Our team is built around some of the best and brightest economic minds in our state and at the heart of our mission is our board of directors with a combined 200 years of private sector experience,” said CSI Board Member Robin Wise, President & CEO of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain. “We provide economic analysis and tools that can set up Colorado’s next leaders for success. CSI is a tremendous resource for Colorado and I’m proud to be involved.”


Common Sense Institute is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. CSI is at the forefront of important discussions concerning the future of free enterprise in Colorado and aims to have an impact on the issues that matter most to Coloradans.