Introducing our new outreach coordinator

Oklahoma Policy Institute is delighted to announce that Megan Williams Benn will be joining our team as an outreach coordinator working with a broad group of organizations on efforts to protect our tax base and ensure adequate funding of public services.

A native of Balko in Western Oklahoma, Megan has extensive experience in both government and the private sector. After earning a B.A. from Texas Christian University, she worked in Washington, D.C. as an executive assistant at the White House and as director of business development for Clifford L. Brody Associates. Since returning to Oklahoma, she has served as program coordinator for the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, researcher for Oklahoma Senate staff, and Legislative Liaison for the Department of Commerce. Most recently she has operated her own political consulting business, where she has advised  rural schools and other clients. She and her husband, Dr. Jason Benn, have two children and live in Norman.

Under her contract with OK Policy, Megan will lead the efforts of an emerging coalition that is working to promote fair and sustainable budget and tax policies. Megan’s experience has provided her an unequaled mix of policy expertise and familiarity with the legislative process, and she has a broad network of relations at the Capitol and around the state, especially among those in the economic development and education communities and in rural areas.¬† We are very excited to welcome Megan on board, and know that she will make a great contribution to building on the successes of OK Policy and increasing our impact on the critical fiscal policy debates facing the state.

You can reach Megan at mwbenn(at)


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.

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