Darcy Olsen

Darcy Olsen is the founder of Generation Justice, a new organization providing reform blueprints and public interest litigation services to extend the full umbrella of constitutional rights to children. Says National Review of Olsen, “Kids could have no better guardian angel.”

About Darcy

Darcy Olsen is the founder and president of Generation Justice, a new organization providing reform blueprints and public interest litigation services to extend the full umbrella of constitutional rights to children. “Kids could have no better guardian angel,” wrote National Review.

Olsen served as CEO of the Goldwater Institute for fifteen years. When she took the organization’s reins, it was running in the red. She restructured the enterprise, added litigation to its arsenal, and expanded operations from one state into fifty, creating a national powerhouse.

During her tenure, columnist George Will observed, “The Goldwater Institute is simply in the liberty business, and there’s no institution in the country that performs that business better.”

In 2015, Olsen published “The Right to Try: How the Federal Government Prevents Americans from Getting the Lifesaving Treatments They Need,” a book that helped lead 38 states to adopt the law, saving countless lives.

For her unique contributions to freedom, Olsen received the honorable Bradley Prize in 2014. She speaks and writes on a range of issues, including foster care and adoption and how to drive change through initiatives like the Right to Try.

Olsen earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a master’s degree in International Education from New York University.

In 2010, Olsen felt inspired to foster and is now the adoptive mother of three. She is rarely seen without a foster baby in her arms, and despite declaring “this is my last baby!” her sister keeps winning the bet that the Olsen family has room for one more.

On Camera

In Print

Darcy Olsen in Wall Street Journal

Should the FDA Relax Rules on Compassionate Access to New Drugs?

Supporters of softening the rules say the dying deserve easier access to possible cures. Opponents say delays are caused by drugmakers, not the FDA [...]

Darcy Olsen in Time

Dying Patients Should Have Right to Try New Treatment

Imagine the joy of watching your dying son experience a miraculous recovery from an incurable disease thanks to an experimental medicine. Then imagine [...]

Darcy Olsen in National Review

How Washington Can Help Sick Americans Without Spending a Dime

A 13-year-old Phoenix boy with deadly osteosarcoma is forced to move to London with his family to get access to a life-saving medicine [...]

"We have infants staying in office buildings," said the social worker. Days later, I left the hospital cradling an abandoned newborn who became my first daughter. In the blink of an eye, I'd fostered seven and adopted three. My sister painted this portrait of us and proclaimed, "Do you know what I see? There's room for one more!"

Portrait by Amanda Bills