The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) is a national resource and strategy center that supports state legislators in advancing and defending progressive policies across the country. With a long-term vision of building progressive power and infrastructure at the state level, we have built a network of more than 1,500 elected officials who represent all 50 states.
Founded in late 2014, SiX is the result of an unprecedented merger of three organizations that combined forces to ensure state legislators are empowered with top-notch research, training, policy expertise, communications support, political strategy, and a space to network and share ideas. We also help build the legislative power of grassroots movements and progressive causes – connecting policymakers with the important organizing work being done in communities across the nation.
SiX’s work in the states is guided by the belief that legislating and governing should focus on a progressive, people-driven agenda. Each year, we bring together hundreds of legislators from across the country for a conference that provides important opportunities to network and collaborate, discuss the lessons learned from different approaches in each state, provide education on important issues, and share effective tools and strategies that strengthen the policymaking process.
SiX also leads multi-state campaigns like our Equal Pay Can’t Wait week of action in January 2016, which highlighted the pay gap that women across the country continue to face. As part of this effort, legislators in more than 30 states introduced equal pay bills, held press events, and issued statements to the media. The hashtag #EqualPayCantWait trended on Twitter and had more than 56 million impressions, tens of thousands took action online, and SiX garnered broad national, state, and local media coverage. Since then, five states – Utah, Nebraska, Delaware, Maryland, and Massachusetts – have seen new equal pay policies signed into law.
From supporting working families and protecting the environment, to strengthening our democracy and defending civil rights, SiX assists legislators who are working to move a progressive agenda forward in the states.