All aboard: We welcome our two – count 'em, two – new policy analysts

As I wrote in this year-end blog post, 2010 was a very good year for OK Policy. We continued to establish ourselves as a respected, credible  voice and information source on state policy issue while managing major transitions and putting ourselves on more solid organizational footing. Now, as we begin 2011, we are poised to take a major leap forward with the addition of two new policy analysts, Kate Richey and Gene Perry. Both staffers will be joining me in our Tulsa office.

Kate graduated with honors from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of International Business Administration in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2006. She is a PhD Candidate in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma with a research emphasis on the politics of sex, gender, and violence. Kate has previously served as the executive director of a non-profit trade association in Oklahoma City, coached high school and college policy debate teams, and taught government and public policy classes at OU, OCCC, and OSU-OKC.

Gene is a native Oklahoman who grew up in Oklahoma City and Edmond. He has an M.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history, both from the University of Oklahoma.  Prior to joining OK Policy, he worked as a grant writer for the OU Department of Geriatric Medicine and a writing consultant with the OU Writing Center.  Gene has served on the boards of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network and Voices of Oklahoma, a community radio project in Norman.

Gene and Kate are both extremely bright, creative and energetic individuals who will bring a combination of solid research skills and deep passion to the work of OK Policy. Bringing them on board will allow us to deepen and broaden the work we have begun in recent years of providing timely and credible information, analysis and ideas on state policy issues. We look forward to being able to produce more high-quality publications and resources, as well as ensure that our work is communicated to the broadest possible audience and has an impact on policy discussions and decisions.

You can look forward to hearing more from them – and from us – soon.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

2 thoughts on “All aboard: We welcome our two – count 'em, two – new policy analysts

  1. At least now when David talks about all the great things that “we” are going to do in OK, he doesn’t have to do it all himself! Welcome, Gene and Kate. Looking forward to meeting both of you. Cheers, Doug Hall, Director of EARN.

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