Oklahoma Policy Institute has grown a lot in the past few years. From humble beginnings in 2008, we now have a staff of 20, including talented individuals who focus on a wide range of policy issues, intensive data analysis, outreach, communications, events and operations, and more. To give you a better idea of who we are and what we all do, we are running an OK Policy Blog series highlighting our staffers.
For this edition, here’s Andrea Mancuso, our Manager of Organizational Effectiveness:
What do you do at OK Policy?
I work on the Operations and Development team and my time is primarily spent supporting the organization through human resource management, accounting, and knowledge management. I love the variety of projects I have the opportunity to work on and the many ways that my work contributes to the mission of the organization — a mission which I deeply believe in.
What’s your favorite thing about doing this work?
My favorite thing about my work at OK Policy is the incredible team I get to work with and the way I am able to use my strengths in the work that I do each day. I love working at an organization that believes it is important to invest in its staff. The return on that investment is ten-fold, resulting in an engaged team and an organizational culture based on professionalism, trust, and mutual respect. Our organization strives to reflect internally the values it espouses externally.
What would you most like Oklahoma to become a “Top 10 State” in?
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. Like many Oklahomans, I attended public school growing up and plan for my children to do the same. The crisis of our state’s education funding and teacher turnover has been deeply troubling. I believe that becoming a “Top 10 State” in education would have a dramatic impact on today’s students and families, as well as future generations.
What else should OK Policy’s readers know about you?
I am a total bookworm! I have been involved in several local book clubs and for the last two years, I have attended the annual Siren’s Conference, a book conference dedicated to discussing and celebrating diverse women in science-fiction and fantasy literature. You can often find me at the Central Library with a coffee in one hand and a book in the other.