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Welcoming DeVon Douglass to the OK Policy team

by | October 15th, 2015 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (2)

DeVon Douglass

DeVon Douglass

Now we are eight!

We’re glad to announce that DeVon Douglass has joined OK Policy as our newest policy analyst.  At OK Policy, Douglass will focus her research on policies to ensure economic opportunity and financial security for all Oklahomans. She will also coordinate the Oklahoma Assets Network, a coalition of professionals from a broad range of fields, including non-profit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, and American Indian Nations, who are working to promote proven tools for all Oklahomans to build stronger financial foundations.

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Damario Solomon-Simmons to be honored with the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award

by | October 14th, 2015 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

Damario Solomon-Simmons

Damario Solomon-Simmons

We’re happy to announce that OK Policy’s legislative liaison, Damario Solomon-Simmons, is receiving the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association. The award will be presented during the annual Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 15th.

The award is named after a key figure in the civil rights movement in Oklahoma who in 1949 was the first black woman admitted to the University of Oklahoma School of Law. After initially being denied admission, Fisher filed a lawsuit that made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where judges ruled that OU law had to allow her to attend.

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Introducing our 2015-16 Research Fellows and Fall Interns

by | September 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)


Top left to bottom right: Alexandra Bohannon, Candace Smith, John Lepine, Matt Hecox

Oklahoma Policy Institute is very pleased to announce that Alexandra Bohannon, Matt Hecox, John Lepine and Candace Smith have been selected as our third class of Research Fellows for 2015-16.

The Fellowship program is intended to recognize and support top-performing graduate students who are conducting promising research on public policy issues. Research Fellows are each expected to contribute at least one post for publication on the OK Policy Blog and conduct a bill analysis of legislation introduced next session. OK Policy provides each fellow a $500 stipend.

OK Policy Research Fellows are current graduate students who are distinguished by strong research interests on policy issues affecting Oklahomans. This year’s Fellows were selected from a strong field of over a dozen applicants.

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Welcoming Tyler Parette to the OK Policy team

by | September 16th, 2015 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (1)

tylerparetteedited3Oklahoma Policy Institute is very pleased to announce that we have hired Tyler Parette as our new Outreach and Operations Associate.

In the newly-created position, Parette’s responsibilities include providing organizational and administrative support to the whole OK Policy team. He will also help to strengthen our coalitions through Together Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Assets Network, as well as facilitating our growing Summer Policy Institute and Research Fellow alumni networks. Parette previously attended the Summer Policy Institute and worked as an OK Policy intern.

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Two great opportunities for Oklahoma college students

by | August 5th, 2015 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

okpolicy_mugsOK Policy is pleased to announce two exciting opportunities for Oklahoma college students. We are now accepting applications for our Fall Internships and for our 2015-16 Research Fellowships. Students working with OK Policy have a wide range of opportunities to conduct research, write blog posts, and contribute to OK Policy projects and events. We invite all interested candidates to apply; the deadline for both programs is Friday, August 28th.

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We’re hiring!

by | July 28th, 2015 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)


OK Policy is seeking an experienced and effective policy analyst to lead our work on economic issues affecting low- and moderate-income Oklahomans. Click here to see the full job description and for information on how to apply.

The policy analyst will conduct research and analysis on state policy issues, with a particular focus on economic opportunity, financial security, inequality, and disparities. Primary responsibilities will also include directing the Oklahoma Assets Network, a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations led by OK Policy working to build stronger financial foundations for all Oklahomans.

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The results of our audience survey

by | July 8th, 2015 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

tin-can-phoneA few months ago, we asked you to give us some feedback about how you use the information that we provide and what you’d like to see us do in the future. Nearly one thousand of you took our survey, and the responses gave us valuable information about who our audience is and what you want most. Now that we’ve had time to analyze the responses, we wanted to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey and share some of the highlights.

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Our new Director of Operations and Development

by | June 29th, 2015 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

Shiloh KantzOklahoma Policy Institute is very pleased to announce that Shiloh Kantz has been promoted to the position of Director of Operations and Development effective June 1, 2015.

In the newly-created position, Kantz’s responsibilities include financial management, fundraising and development, event coordination, strategic initiatives, and human resources. She is also coordinating the Summer Policy Institute, an annual program that brings 60 students from across the state to Tulsa in August for a four-day training in state policy issues.

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Former Bellmon top advisor, non-profit director join OK Policy board

Oklahoma Policy Institute is pleased to announce that Andrew Tevington, who served for many years as a top advisor to Governor Henry Bellmon, and Felicia Collins Correia, whose experience includes over 25 years as CEO of major non-profit organizations in Tulsa, have been elected to its Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to add two widely-admired and respected individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our state through their professional careers and community service,” said Vince LoVoi, OK Policy’s Board Chair. “Felicia and Andrew will add to our tradition of building a strong, nonpartisan board that is thoughtful, far-sighted, policy-focused, and comprised of individuals who bring a wide range of personal and professional experiences to the table.”

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Introducing the new

by | May 11th, 2015 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

Photo by Gene Perry

Photo by Gene Perry

Welcome to the new! We’ve redesigned the website from the bottom up to make it more beautiful and accessible.

A growing percentage of visitors to are arriving on mobile phones or tablets, so a big priority for our redesign is to provide a much better experience across devices. The new site has a responsive layout for easy reading and navigation, whether you’re holding a phone, tablet, or a mouse. Check us out on your different devices or shrink your browser window to see the change in action.

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