Social Justice Requires Public Policy

We strengthen public policy to expand opportunity and equity for Texans of all backgrounds.

Our Priorities

We focus on policies that will enable Texans of all backgrounds to thrive.

Today, we prioritize policies that will measurably improve equity in and access to health care, food security, education, and financial security.

We expose unfair barriers faced by people of color, low-income Texans, immigrants, women, children, and other disenfranchised populations. We work alongside community leaders to advance equitable policy solutions. As people and conditions change and evolve, we adjust the focus of our work to support our vision for Texas.

health care

Health Care

Access to quality, affordable health care for every Texan is at the core of our mission. We work to protect and improve access to high-quality public and private insurance, mental health care, and basic health needs for Texans of all backgrounds.

food security

Food Security

Texas is one of the hungriest states in the nation, but public policy can help change that. We are dedicated to achieving food security for every Texan.



One of the biggest challenges facing Texas families is the lack of career and college readiness for students. To increase post-secondary access and success, Texas must build a more durable pipeline across our educational and workforce systems to prepare Texans for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

jobs and wages

Jobs & Financial Security

Many Texans experience poverty because their work pays too little to raise a family out of poverty. To ensure economic prosperity, Texas public policy must support workers, make employers pay livable wages, and prioritize health and wellness over profit alone.

budget and taxes

Budget & Taxes

Texas needs a budget and tax system that is equitable, adequate, and responsive to our state’s growing population and needs. The ability to invest in public services that will build a more prosperous future for every Texan relies on the ability of our tax system to support those services.

poverty and equity

Equity & Inequality

The wealth gaps in Texas keep poverty rates high, especially when the state doesn’t prioritize assistance to Texans in poverty or increasing equity for Texans of all backgrounds. Our public policies must guarantee equitable access to services that allow us all to thrive.

Every Texan Ratifies Union Agreement

In Texas, less than 5% of all workers are unionized.

After 15 months of negotiation and collaboration, Every Texan and its staff union, Every Texan United, proudly announce the ratification of our first union contract! For decades, Every Texan has advocated for pro-worker policies at the state level and we’re proud to put the same values into practice at home.

2021 Legacy Award

Honoring Darren Walker

Every Texan is proud to award Darren Walker the 2021 Every Texan Legacy Award for his steadfast commitment to social justice and advancing equity. Walker has taken exemplary steps to strengthen the philanthropic sector’s response to rising inequality and systemic injustice in Texas, the United States, and worldwide. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ford Foundation took a historic and unprecedented step to increase philanthropic giving through the sale of social bonds, which served to stabilize and strengthen nonprofit organizations in the wake of the global crisis.

One Honoree, Two Great Events 
  • Virtual Award Ceremony September 20, 2021 • 1pm CT 
  • In-Person Cocktail Reception : November 16, 2021 • 5pm CT
Marisa Bono - Every Texan Executive Director

Meet Our New CEO

Marisa Bono is a lifelong social justice advocate and thought leader. She is a licensed attorney and has specific policy expertise in social equity as it relates to education, immigration, voting rights, and political access. Marisa is the first woman of color to serve as Every Texan’s CEO.

About Us

Since its founding in 1985, Every Texan (formerly the Center for Public Policy Priorities – CPPP) has expanded opportunity and equity for Texans of all backgrounds. Based in Austin, Texas, Every Texan is a nonprofit organization that researches, analyzes, and advocates for public policies to expand equitable access to quality health care, food security, education, and good jobs.

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Here’s Where You Come In:

Take Action

Make your voice heard by showing up at the State Capitol or City Hall equipped with Every Texan’s in-depth research on the issues that matter to every Texan.


Social justice requires public policy. You can power policies that expand opportunity and equity for every Texan.

Show Up

Our experts are available to speak at a variety of events on all of our policy topics. If you’re connected to your community, encourage your network to learn about the issues that matter most to them.