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 D’Marria Monday, our Northeast Oklahoma Field Organizer:
What do you do at OK Policy?
As the Northeast Field organizer, I organize within communities to equip people with the tools needed for change. It’s important to educate people about the policies impacting our communities and how to advocate for ourselves.
What’s your favorite thing about doing this work?
My favorite thing is about doing this work is empowering others to realize the power of storytelling. Those who are closest to the problem, are also closest to the solution. I love that OK Policy values our community by investing in people who are directly impacted. I love working with OK Policy because everyone feels like family.
What would you most like Oklahoma to become a “Top 10 State” in?
I would like to see Oklahoma make a drastic change in Criminal Justice reform in order to become one of the “Top 10 States” with the fastest-growing change. It can be done if we address the intersections of criminal justice: economic justice (opportunities for all), social justice (reduced disparities in sentencing, equality in education). Most importantly, the belief that we should invest in people and not prisons.
What else should OK Policy’s readers know about you?
My downtime is limited so I try to make the most of it with simple pleasures. I enjoy spending time with my children Adam and Abraham. Adam aspires to be a comedian and we spend a lot of time watching stand up comedy. A night on the couch watching Netflix is our favorite! Abraham and I have date nights at Chuck E. Cheese. He brings out the kid in me.