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Meet OK Policy: Nicole Poindexter, Outreach and Legislative Liaison

My favorite thing about doing this work is that I get to help change the lives of Oklahomans in real ways. [More...]

Census data confirms we must do more to help Oklahoma children and families

Census data confirms that Oklahoma policymakers must do more to help Oklahoma families get ahead.  [More...]

Black and Latino Oklahoma children are still more likely to live in concentrated poverty

Despite some improvement since the Great Recession, Black and Latino children in Oklahoma are still more likely to live in concentrated poverty according to “Children Living in High Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods,” a new KIDS COUNT® data snapshot released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Jacobi Crowley, Southwest Oklahoma Field Organizer

As a Field Organizer, I am able to organize, engage, and educate citizens on current issues throughout the state and local communities. [More...]

Report: Juvenile crime plummets in Oklahoma, but racial and local disparities remain

For Immediate Release Contact: Jessica Vazquez,, (918) 794-3944 TULSA, Okla. (Sep. 11, 2019) — Rates of serious violent and property crimes by youth have fallen dramatically over the past three decades, according to a report released today by Open Justice Oklahoma,… Read more [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Andrea McNeil, Senior Operations and Development Associate

"I have two children that attend public school in the TPS district, so education funding and policy directly impact my family and peer group every day." [More...]

Ahniwake Rose takes OK Policy helm while organization honors outgoing director David Blatt with Legacy Fund and Events

Today marks a new era in the history of Oklahoma Policy Institute (OK Policy) as Ahniwake Rose takes over the helm as Executive Director, succeeding longtime director David Blatt. [More...]

OK Policy selects second class of fellows for Oklahoma Mental Health Policy Fellowship

Oklahoma Policy Institute has hired Ky’lee Barnoski and Bobby Koolis as the second class of fellows for the Oklahoma Mental Health Policy Fellowship.  [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Brittany Hayes, Mental Health Policy Fellow

My favorite thing about doing this work is learning the ins and outs of the system, and then translating what I've learned into consumable information to share with Oklahomans. [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Damion Shade, Criminal Justice Policy Analyst

Kris Steele, the Director of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, likes to say "There's no such thing as a spare Oklahoman." Honestly, that sentiment helps drag me out of bed many mornings. [More...]