Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, an advocacy organization working to advance gender equity and justice, announced the election of Bailey Perkins, State Advocacy and Public Policy Director for Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, as Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Directors.
“I am honored to welcome Bailey Perkins back to the board as our new Vice Chairwoman,” stated Coalition Executive Director, Liz Charles. “Bailey brings demonstrated leadership in advancing policy issues in Oklahoma and beyond. Her passion for gender equity and her commitment to improving opportunity, access, and equality for Oklahomans who experience the most disparity is inspiring and motivating. She pushes us to consistently challenge the status quo – I can’t wait to hit the ground running and follow her lead.”
Bailey, a native of Lawton, has a proven background in shaping state and federal public policy decisions and strengthening civic engagement in Oklahoma. Prior to joining the ranks of Oklahoma’s Food Banks, she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives leading healthcare, education, nutrition, science, space, and technology policy initiatives on Congresswoman Kendra Horn’s legislative team in Washington, D.C. The OKC Friday recently ranked Bailey as the 16th most powerful young professional in Oklahoma City and The Oklahoman featured her in its 21 st Century Women “Outlook 2020” series highlighting women making significant contributions and driving change in Oklahoma City.
“The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition continues to elevate the voices, needs, and perspectives of women and girls in this state,” said Bailey Perkins. “Too many systemic disparities and intersectional barriers remain. It takes organizations like OWC drawing attention to critical issues and advancing policies that address inequities, keep our rights protected, and close existing gender gaps. I’m excited to re-join the ranks as we work to improve outcomes and expand opportunities for not just women today, but generations to come.”
Before her transition to Washington, D.C., Bailey led the Oklahoma Policy Institute’s legislative efforts from August 2016 to January 2019. As the Outreach and Legislative Director, she represented OK Policy at the state capitol and worked closely with advocacy groups and coalitions across the state to advance OK Policy’s mission of Broad-Based Prosperity for all Oklahomans. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and history as a Clara Luper Full Tuition Scholar and Petree College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior Woman of the Year. She also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. Bailey is a Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Association member as a LOYAL Class XIII graduate and a weekly contributor to the “Let’s Pod This” political podcast.
About Oklahoma Women’s Coalition
The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a statewide organization working to champion the collective power of Oklahomans to advance gender equity and justice. We achieve this mission by dismantling systemic injustice through policy change, advocacy and education. We honor and amplify the voices most affected by, and often excluded from, decision and policy-making conversations. Please visit www.okwc.org for more information.