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Executive Director Ahniwake Rose

Ahniwake Rose is the incoming Executive Director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute (OK Policy). Rose brings nearly two decades of experience at the intersection of public policy and nonprofit management. She is grounded in forward-thinking policy solutions and seeks to work within communities to assess, develop, and implement comprehensive change based in credible data.

Prior to her joining OK Policy, Rose served as the Deputy Director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), a national organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities, where she worked with a diverse coalition of civil and human rights organizations to address economic inequality and systemic injustice.

Oklahoma-born, Rose serves on several education and youth related boards and is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Leading from the Inside Out Fellow, Class of 2017. She is a mother of two daughters, Waleah and Tahna. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and is of Muscogee (Creek) descent. Contact Ahniwake

Policy Staff

Policy Director / Health Care Policy Analyst Carly Putnam

Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in January 2014. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern. A Kansas City native, Carly graduated from the University of Tulsa in December 2013 with a BA in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. She is agraduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification Program, the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking program, and  The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa. She previously served as board president for United Campus Ministry at the University of Tulsa. She is a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 62. At OK Policy, Carly supervises policy staff and conducts health care research. Contact Carly | More about Carly

Budget & Tax Senior Policy Analyst Paul Shinn

Paul ShinnPaul Shinn joined OK Policy in May 2019. He has held budget and finance positions for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, the Department of Human Services, the cities of Oklahoma City and Del City, and several local governments in his native Oregon. He’s also taught political science and public administration at the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, and California State University Stanislaus. While with the Government Finance Officers Association, Paul worked on consulting and research projects for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and several state agencies and local governments. He also served as policy analyst for CAP Tulsa. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Oklahoma and degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland College Park. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Carmelita. Contact PaulMore about Paul

Economic Opportunity Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison

Courtney Cullison joined OK Policy in March 2017 as a policy analyst focusing on issues of economic opportunity and financial security. Before coming to OK Policy, Courtney worked in higher education, holding faculty positions at the University of Texas at Tyler and at Connors State College in eastern Oklahoma. A native Oklahoman, she received an Honors B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. with emphasis in congressional politics and public policy from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, Courtney was a fellow at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. As a professor she taught classes in American politics, public policy, and research methods and conducted original research with a focus on the relationship between representatives and the constituents they serve. Contact Courtney | More about Courtney

Education Policy Analyst and KIDS COUNT Coordinator Rebecca Fine

Rebecca Fine joined OK Policy in July 2018 as the education policy analyst. She began her career in education in 2009 as an Oklahoma teacher. Rebecca proudly comes from a family of educators, and spent four years teaching middle school in Tulsa and Union Public Schools. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester and received an M.A. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Contact Rebecca | More about Rebecca

Criminal Justice Policy Analyst Damion Shade

Damion joined Oklahoma Policy Institute in July 2018 as the criminal justice policy analyst. He grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and has lived in Oklahoma since the late 90s. Prior to joining OK Policy, he was an educator at Jenks Public Schools and the Oklahoma School for the Performing Arts. He’s written education and justice features as a contributing writer for the Tulsa Voice since 2016, and he was awarded best Education and General News Reporting features by the Society for Professional Journalists in 2017. Damion earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Oral Roberts University and started several voter registration and political advocacy initiatives during his time on campus. He lives in Tulsa with his wife Rachel. Contact Damion | More about Damion

Outreach Staff

Outreach & Legislative Director Sabine Brown

Sabine joined Oklahoma Policy Institute in January 2018. She grew up in Germany but has called Oklahoma home since 1998. Before joining Oklahoma Policy Institute she served as the Oklahoma Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. Sabine earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Health Science from the University of Oklahoma and was a physician assistant prior to discovering advocacy work. Sabine enjoys working with grassroots advocates to work towards a fair and prosperous Oklahoma. She lives in Bixby with her husband, Eric, and their two children. Contact Sabine | More about Sabine

Outreach and Legislative Liaison Nicole Poindexter

Nicole Poindexter joined OK Policy in 2019. She is originally from California’s Central Valley where she attended Fresno State. Nicole worked in EMS before staying home to raise her four children, identical twins Lukas and Logan, daughter Ella, and youngest son Wyatt. In 2013, after the devastating Moore tornado she joined a statewide political campaign, advocating for storm shelters in schools. After that campaign ended, she continued to advocate for women and children in the non-profit arena. Nicole most recently worked at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. She was appointed by Governor Fallin to the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness in 2017. When she is not working, Nicole can often be found in her craft room or at a local concert. Contact Nicole | More about Nicole

Census Community Builder

Jasha Lyons Echo-Hawk is a life-long Oklahoman and proud tribal citizen of the Seminole Nation, as well as a member of the Pawnee, Iowa, Omaha, and Creek Nations. She is a dedicated community builder and has organized in rural Oklahoma on such issues as access to healthcare, violence against women, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, food/seed sovereignty, breast/chestfeeding advocacy, equity in leadership and as a former political candidate. She is also a graduate of Northern Oklahoma College and Oklahoma State University. She is one of the founders of Native Breastfeeding Week and is one of the inaugural NDN Collective NDN Changemaker Fellows. She has received honors from the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women Mary Townsend Crow Service Award, The Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 Award, and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 40 Under 40 Award. Jasha continues to serve in volunteer capacities as a Community Doula/Birthworker, a board member with Pawnee Community Tribal Charter School, with the Pawnee Seed Preservation Project, with the Native Federation of Oklahoma Democrats, and as a youth coach. She resides in Pawnee with her husband, Bunky, and their four children. She joins OK Policy as the Census Community Builder. Contact Jasha

Senior Field Organizer Kyle Lawson

Kyle joined OK Policy as a Field Organizer for Southeastern Oklahoma in early 2019 and was promoted to Senior Field Organizer in July 2019. Kyle was born in Tucson, Arizona to Sheila and Dale Lawson and grew up in Southern Arizona. After finishing high school, they joined the U.S. Army as a Human Intelligence Collector. Upon completing their military service, Kyle attended college, majoring in business administration and minoring in psychology, and then worked for Congressman Jim Kolbe in Arizona’s 5th congressional district for three years. After Rep. Kolbe retired, Kyle worked in the private sector in Phoenix. In 2010, they moved to Southern Oklahoma to be near their family.

Since moving to Oklahoma Kyle has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children for four years, as an officer in the Masonic Lodge, worked with children as a Shriner, and served two years on the board of directors for Restoring Lives as the finance chairman. They were Mayor for the town of Gene Autry for three years, serving in the Mayor’s congress and on the Mayor’s council. Kyle has always been dedicated, hardworking and places an emphasis on community involvement. Contact KyleMore about Kyle

Southwest Oklahoma Field Organizer Jacobi Crowley

Jacobi joined OK Policy in 2019. As a Lawton native and graduate of Eisenhower High School, Jacobi’s roots in southwest Oklahoma communities run deep. He credits his family and teachers for being instrumental in the achievement of earning a scholarship to Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The positive role models in his life influenced his decision to major in Special Education with a minor in Behavioral Management. Upon earning his degree, Jacobi moved back to his hometown to help make a difference in his community. Prior to Together Oklahoma, Jacobi ran for Oklahoma State Senate, becoming the youngest person in state history to advance to a general election at the age of 25. Jacobi is host for a local radio talk show called The Revolution, where he is able to connect and educate the community on various issues. Contact Jacobi | More about Jacobi

Southeast Oklahoma Field Organizer Roxanne Logan

Growing up in Norman, Oklahoma, in the 60’s, Roxanne experienced family life typical of the era. Her Mom stayed home to care for the kids and her Dad worked to provide for his family.  They were typical but at the same time they weren’t. Her parents, both independent people, nurtured her independence too, by encouraging her to think for herself. As a result, she knocked doors for former presidential candidate George McGovern and while attending school at Oklahoma University, participated in protests against the Viet Nam War.  She grew up at a time when abortions and pot were both illegal. John, Bobby, and Martin were assassinated.  The black community was struggling to gain equality and women were demanding their rights. While all of this was happening, she was learning about politics, the good, the bad, and the ugly. When her husband passed in 2012, she was happily living a quiet life—I was a hermit, she says–but soon grew tired and began seeking out like-minded people. She eventually became an officer in the county political party as well as the women’s arm of the county party.  When one of her new friends ran for state representative, she served as the campaign’s Deputy Treasurer. A deep-down ember was reignited. Following the election and Oklahoma Policy Institute‘s launch of a rural outreach program, Roxanne accepted the Chapter Leader’s  position for Together Oklahoma’s Carter County chapter. She credits the opportunity with leading to her dream of working for Oklahoma Policy Institute. She believes that change can happen when people work together toward a common goal, and she is laser focused on making Oklahoma the state we all deserve. Contact Roxanne

Communications Staff

Communications Director Dave Hamby

David Hamby has more than 25 years of experience as an award-winning communicator, including overseeing communication programs for Oklahoma higher education institutions and other organizations. Most recently, he was director of public relations for Rogers State University where he managed the school’s external communication programs and served as a member of the president’s leadership team. He served in a similar communications role for five years at the University of Tulsa. His professional experience also includes service at Oklahoma State University and the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce in Arkansas. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from OSU, he worked as a reporter for three years at the second-largest daily newspaper in Arkansas. He and his wife Melissa live in Tulsa and have two daughters. Contact Dave

Communications Associate Jessica Vazquez

Jessica joined OK Policy as a Communications Associate in January 2018. A Mexican immigrant, she was a Clara Luper Scholar at Oklahoma City University where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy. Prior to joining OK Policy, Jessica worked at a digital marketing agency in Oklahoma City. She is an alumna of both the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute (2013) and OK Policy’s Summer Policy Institute (2015). In addition to her role at OK Policy, Jessica serves as a board member for Dream Action Oklahoma in OKC and communications director for Dream Alliance Oklahoma in Tulsa. Contact Jessica

Storybanker Miguel Rios

Miguel Rios joined OK Policy as its Storybanker in May 2020. His career in communications began at Oklahoma City University where he graduated as a Clara Luper Scholar with a B.A. in Mass Communications. Before joining OK Policy, Miguel worked for Oklahoma GazetteOklahoma Living magazine and the State Fair of Texas public relations team. Through his diverse work experiences in various areas of communication, Miguel has become dedicated to providing a voice and platform to those who are often overlooked. A proud Mexican immigrant, Miguel carries his passion for empowering marginalized communities in every arena. Contact Miguel

Operations & Development Staff

Deputy Director, Operations & Development Director Shiloh Kantz

Shiloh joined OK Policy as the Office Manager in February 2010.  She is a wife and mother of three children, Grantham, Ethan and Delilah and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.  Prior to joining OK Policy, she worked as a controller and office manager for an Oklahoma small business group.  Shiloh was promoted to Director of Operations and Development in June of 2015. She oversees all internal operations, event planning, and fundraising activities. Her work at OK Policy has tuned her in to what is happening in our state and fostered a drive to play a more active part in it.  Before joining the staff, she felt she was a suburban wife and mother who had no interest in state government because it did not affect her.  She now realizes state government affects all residents, big and small, old and young. Contact Shiloh | More about Shiloh

Senior Operations & Development Associate Andrea Mancuso

Andrea joined OK Policy in June 2018 as a member of the operations team focusing on human resource management, project management, and finance. She lives in the Tulsa area with her two children and can often be found enjoying local parks, hiking trails, and libraries. Before joining OK Policy, Andrea held positions in accounting and finance at the Tulsa Community Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa Opera, and Riverfield Country Day School. A native Oklahoman, she holds a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern State University and an M.A. in Organizational Dynamics from OU – Tulsa. Contact Andrea | More about Andrea

Operations & Development Associate Kourtni Cain

Kourtni Cain joined OK Policy in September 2018. Previously, she worked for The University of Tulsa in their Development office. Kourtni received a B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University in 2013. As part of the Operations Team, she assists with fundraising and special events. Kourtni’s areas of policy interest are immigration, international relations, poverty/healthcare, and women’s health. Always ready for a good debate, she volunteers with the Tulsa Debate League. In her spare time, Kourtni enjoys spending time with her husband Paul, her two dogs and three cats, and travelling. Contact Kourtni | More about Kourtni

Administrative Assistant Elaina Fees

Elaina joined OK Policy in May 2020 as an administrative assistant in the operations team and special assistant to the Executive Director. Previously, Elaina worked for many nonprofits in northeastern and central Oklahoma, including Youth Services of Tulsa, Domestic Violence Intervention Services in Tulsa, Ronald McDonald House Charities of OKC, and the Women’s Resource Center in Norman. Elaina brings with her a wealth of operations and advocacy know-how to OK Policy. She is currently finishing her B.S. in Criminal Justice: Restorative Justice Track at the University of Oklahoma. Elaina lives in Tulsa and enjoys cooking meals for friends and family, gardening, and playing with her dog, Amos. Contact Elaina

Open Justice Oklahoma Staff 

Open Justice Oklahoma Director Ryan Gentzler

Ryan Gentzler joined OK Policy in January 2016 as a policy analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015. Contact Ryan | More about Ryan

Justice Data Analyst Ashley Harvey

Ashley Harvey joined OK Policy as the justice data analyst for Open Justice Oklahoma in September 2018. A native Oklahoman, she received her B.S. and M.S. from Oklahoma State University-Tulsa in Human Development and Family Science. She previously worked as a research assistant for OSU’s Center for Family Resilience evaluating various community and grant funded projects. As an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, she developed and implemented a family strengthening initiative within Tulsa County Juvenile Detention Center. Ashley is an alumna of OK Policy’s 2017 Summer Policy Institute. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from OSU, where her research interests include family and community impacts of the justice system. She lives in the Tulsa area with her husband, Bryan, and their two children. Contact Ashley | More about Ashley