Chris Denson

Director of Policy and Research


Chris Denson

Director of Policy and Research

Chris Denson is the Director of Policy and Research at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and possesses over a decade of experience in public policy in Georgia and Washington, D.C.

Chris joined the Foundation in March 2020. His prior experience includes his tenure as the Director of Outreach at HCA Memorial Health in Savannah, a 612-bed Level 1 trauma center serving a 32-county region in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina, Manager of Health Policy Consulting for Leavitt Partners in Washington, D.C., and the Director of Advisory Services for Hometown Health, a multi-state rural hospital trade association based in Georgia.

A native of Douglasville, Ga., Chris graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in Politics and was a member of Princeton’s Varsity Football team. He earned his MPH in Health Policy and Management at the University of Georgia after beginning his career as a staff member in the Office of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, managing constituent services and a legislative portfolio of Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs issues.

Chris is a member of the Zell Miller Leadership Institute Class of 2019, the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network, and has served as a volunteer supporting nonprofit delivery of healthcare to uninsured residents in Southeast Georgia.

Chris and his wife Mary reside in her hometown of Dalton, Ga.

September 28, 2023 • Commentary

Birth center blocked by CON laws

In 2021, the Augusta Birth Center applied to become the first freestanding birth center in Richmond County.

July 13, 2023 • Commentary

House holds CON reform hearings

The Georgia House Study Committee on Certificate of Need Modernization held its first hearing this week in Atlanta.

April 20, 2023 • Commentary

Certificate of Need laws do not work as intended

CON laws not only provide an unnecessary barrier to healthcare access, they also make it harder for communities to replace any healthcare providers they lose.

March 23, 2023 • Commentary

What happened to CON reform this year?

Three bills that would have reduced certificate of need regulations by varying degrees were introduced this year. 

March 16, 2023 • Commentary

Legislation aims to combat rising home prices

A Senate committee advanced legislation limiting the ability of local governments to enact moratoriums on building new housing to no more than 180 days.

January 5, 2023 • Commentary

2023 session brings plenty of unknowns

There are a number of positive steps the legislature can take when it comes to tax, education, and healthcare policy.