Quote of the Day | September 24, 2019

“Any solutions we have to give communities the access they need to the resources that will lift them out of poverty are very important. Growing up in communities of concentrated poverty undermines child well being, both in their development and physical growth.”

– OK Policy education policy analyst and KIDS COUNT coordinator Rebecca Fine on a new report on the disproportionate share of children of color in Oklahoma living in concentrated poverty [The Oklahoman]


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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