Director David Blatt
David helped found OK Policy and served as Director of Policy before becoming the organization’s Director in 2010. David’s work involves conducting research, writing papers, and giving public presentations on state budget and tax policy, poverty, asset development, and various other subjects. Recognized as one of the state’s leading experts on fiscal policy and selected as one of the Tulsa World’s five “Oklahomans to Watch” in 2011, he is a member and regional co-chair of the Scholars Strategy Network. David previously served for seven years as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and for three years as a budget analyst for the State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Patty Hipsher, a special education teacher at an elementary school in Broken Arrow and their son, Noah. Contact David.
Office Manager Shiloh Kantz
Shiloh joined OK Policy in February of 2010. She is a wife and mother of three children, Grantham, Ethan and Delilah. Prior to joining OK Policy, she worked as a controller and office manager for an Oklahoma small business group. Her work at OK Policy has further tuned her in to what is happening in our state and fostered a drive to play a more active part in it. Before joining the staff, she felt she was a suburban wife and mother who had no interest in state government because it did not affect her. She now realizes state government affects all residents, big and small, old and young. Contact Shiloh.
Policy Analyst Gene Perry
Gene joined OK Policy in January 2011. He is a native Oklahoman and has an M.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from the University of Oklahoma. At OK Policy, he prepares the daily news update, In The Know, in addition to researching and writing about tax and budget, education, criminal justice, and energy policies. Gene also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network. Contact Gene.
Policy Analyst Kate Richey
Kate Richey joined Oklahoma Policy Institute in January 2011. She has a B.B.A. in International Business from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Kate has extensive experience teaching government and public policy at the college level and currently researches and writes about immigration, poverty, race and the economy in Oklahoma. She coordinates Oklahoma Assets Network (OAN), a diverse group of individuals and organizations who work to advance a range of policy initiatives to protect assets and advance opportunity for low income Oklahomans and in communities of color. Contact Kate.