Center of the American Experiment

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Center of the American Experiment
Founder(s) Mitch Pearlstein[1]
Established 1990[2]
President John Hinderaker[3]
Chairman Ron Eibensteiner
Chief Operating Officer Kim Crockett
Budget Revenue: $1,191,118
Expenses: $1,087,451
(FYE December 2015)[4]
Coordinates 44°58′18″N 93°22′34″W / 44.9718°N 93.3761°W / 44.9718; -93.3761Coordinates: 44°58′18″N 93°22′34″W / 44.9718°N 93.3761°W / 44.9718; -93.3761
Address 8441 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 350
Golden Valley, MN 55426
Website Official website

The Center of the American Experiment is a Minnesota-based think tank that advocates for conservative and free-market principles.[5]


The Center of the American Experiment was founded in 1990 by Mitch Pearlstein, a former Reagan appointee.[2] Annette Meeks previously served as the organization's CEO.[6] It has received grants from the Bradley Foundation and the John M. Olin Foundation.[7] Katherine Kersten is a Senior Fellow at the organization.[8]

The Center has supported school vouchers[7] and opposed affirmative action, particularly in academia.[9] The organization has been credited with playing a major role in empowering conservatives in Minnesota.[10]


  1. ^ Hawkins, Beth (March 27, 2012). "Mitch Pearlstein: Connecting family and achievement gap". MinnPost. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Marsh, Steve (November 1, 2004). "Calling ... Mitch Pearlstein". Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine. 
  3. ^ Lopez, Ricardo (January 17, 2016). "Conservative blogger, attorney takes helm of Center of the American Experiment". Star Tribune. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Quickview data". GuideStar.  See also "Charity Rating". Charity Navigator. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Jake (July 10, 2014). "Think Tank Calls For Moratorium On Light-Rail". Twin Cities Business. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annette Meeks The True Believer". City Pages. May 28, 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Cokorinos, Lee (2003). The Assault on Diversity: An Organized Challenge to Racial and Gender Justice. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 56. ISBN 9780742524767. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Kersten, Katherine (June 1, 2013). "Minnesota plays pretend with marriage". Minnesota Star-Tribune. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Garcia, Mildred (1997). Affirmative Action's Testament of Hope: Strategies for a New Era in Higher Education. SUNY Press. p. 48. ISBN 9780791434130. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Stahl, Jason Michael (2008). Selling Conservatism: Think Tanks, Conservative Ideology, and the Undermining of Liberalism, 1945--Present. ProQuest. p. 18. ISBN 9780549669777. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 

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