Staff transitions at OK Policy

OK Policy regretfully shares the news that two valuable members of our team – Megan Benn and Tiece Dempsey – have recently informed us that they will be leaving their positions.

Megan has served as our Outreach Coordinator on budget and tax work on a contract basis since early 2012. She has worked with partner organizations and community groups to help make the case for ensuring adequate funding of public services and preserving our revenue base. She has also been our advocate working with elected officials and staff at the Capitol. Megan has decided to spend more time at home with her two active school-age children. Prior to joining OK Policy, Megan’s work experience included stints at the White House, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the Oklahoma State Senate, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and with her own private public affairs consulting and lobbying firm

Tiece Dempsey joined OK Policy as our health care policy analyst in January. Her work this year has focused on issues related to the Affordable Care Act, including authoring fact sheets on the benefits of expanding Medicaid coverage for veterans and employers, writing blog posts, and giving numerous presentations at public events. Tiece will be returning to Oklahoma City to serve as a law clerk forĀ  Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Prior to joining OK Policy, Tiece spent five years working in the healthcare industry and then completed a law degree from Oklahoma City University.

Both Megan and Tiece will be winding down their work for OK Policy within the next few weeks. We will soon begin a search to fill their positions, and encourage those who might be interested in either an outreach or policy analyst position with OK Policy to check our blog and emails for the job announcements.

We are grateful to Megan and Tiece for their outstanding contributions to our organization and wish them all the best with their future endeavors.


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.

3 thoughts on “Staff transitions at OK Policy

  1. I have not had the opportunity to meet Megan, unfortunately, but I know how very talented everyone associated with the OK Policy Institute is. I have had the chance to meet and talk with Tiece several times and know what an extraordinary woman she is. We so appreciated her insights and skills at the VOICE events she spoke at, and wish her all the best on what is sure to be an exciting career ahead. Please don’t forget us, Tiece!

  2. I also did not have the opportunity to meet Megan – but I’m sure, knowing the caliber of people at OK Policy Institute, she is leaving behind some big shoes to fill. Tiece … I was just asking Annie about you. Please, please, please contact me if you think you could squeeze in some time before you leave OK Policy for me to “pick your amazing brain.” I have a “mandate” to research some issues relative to the uninsured/underinsured population focus of my practicum project with the Mental Health Association … and having heard your compassionate heart is tantamount to finding the data that supports the best program policy development!

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