MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release
DATE: September 20, 2017
Liz Waggoner named as new Executive Director for the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition.
The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, the state’s leading advocacy organization for women and girls, is proud to announce the selection of Liz Waggoner as its new Executive Director. Liz will fill the vacancy created by Danielle Ezell’s departure in June to run for Oklahoma State Senate District 40.
Liz’s professional background and passion for women’s issues and social justice work makes her uniquely qualified for the Executive Director position. She brings nearly ten years’ experience in nonprofit administration, government affairs, and community engagement to this role. “For too long, Oklahoma has ranked at the bottom regarding the status of women,” said Waggoner. “I am honored to join an organization that is consistently on the front lines of challenging the status quo and advocating for improved quality of life for our state’s women and girls. This vital work is worth every ounce of effort, and I’m up for the challenge.”
Most recently, Liz successfully advocated for policies to improve public health through increased physical activity and access to nutritious food options in Oklahoma. Under her leadership, multiple nationally competitive grant awards were allocated to support those campaigns. Liz has a proven track record of success in cultivating effective partnerships and working at all levels of government to shape public policy.
“Liz Waggoner is a respected and experienced advocate with a successful track record at the State Capitol,” says Coalition Board Chairwoman Anne Roberts. “She is also passionate about the mission of the Coalition, and has creative and impactful ideas for moving forward.”
Liz joins the organization alongside five new board members: Bailey Perkins (Oklahoma City), Susan Paddack (Ada), Kim Rieger (Norman), Paige Good (Oklahoma City), and Morgan O’Neill (Oklahoma City).
Bailey Perkins is a native of Lawton, Oklahoma. As Outreach & Legislative Liaison for the Oklahoma Policy Institute, she represents OK Policy at the State Capitol during the legislative session and works with advocacy groups and coalitions in the Oklahoma City area to help advance OK Policy’s agenda for broad-based prosperity.
Susan Paddack was named Executive Director of the Oka’ Institute on October 1, 2016. Prior to this position, she served in the Oklahoma State Senate as the Senator for District 13 from 2004-2016. Susan was a member of the Leadership Oklahoma Class XVI. Additionally, she was named among the 2004, 2008, and 2011 honorees for The Journal Record’s 50 Women Making a Difference/Woman of the Year and in 2011 was inducted into The Journal Record’s Circle of Excellence.
Kim Rieger is the Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the Western District of Oklahoma. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Washburn University, respectively. She is a graduate of the Federal Judicial Center’s Leadership Development Program and has received commendations from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts for her contributions on a national level.
Paige Good is a trial attorney at McAfee and Taft specializing in labor and employment law. She has been named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. Paige is also a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Luther Bohanon Inn of Court, and serves on the University of Oklahoma College of Law Young Alumni Board.
Morgan O’Neill is a convention sales manager for the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau where she promotes Oklahoma City as a destination to meeting and event planners. She is invested in her community and loves volunteering and bettering her city.
The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition is a statewide network of individuals and organizations working together to improve the lives of women and girls through education and advocacy. The Coalition promotes nonpartisan efforts, speaking with one voice, while addressing issues important to the progress of Oklahoma’s women and girls.