“The central problem here is that we’re not expecting enough of our institutions. We’re not expecting enough of our government and we’re not expecting enough of ourselves. We’re not going to get better if we don’t start expecting it.”

– State Secretary of Education and Workforce Development and Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City President Natalie Shirley, on new numbers showing that the state has nearly 85,000 job openings, in part because the state’s workforce isn’t adequately trained to fill them (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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