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Our Story

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) was founded in 1993 as a public policy research organization focused primarily on state-level issues. OCPA has been part of an emerging, national trend of free-market, state-based think tanks. The founders, led by Dr. David Brown, envisioned an organization that was capable of affecting the state’s public policy similar to national level think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation.

For more than 22 years, OCPA has conducted research and analysis of public issues in Oklahoma from a perspective of limited government, individual liberty and a free-market economy. OCPA has promoted the conclusions from its research through an array of media that have steadily increased in breadth, scope and ultimately, effectiveness.

Our Staff
Our Board
Blake Arnold
Oklahoma City
Glenn Ashmore
Oklahoma City
Robert Avery
Pawhuska
Lee J. Baxter
Lawton
Steve Beebe
Duncan
John A. Brock
Tulsa
David R. Brown, M.D.
Oklahoma City
Paul A. Cox
Oklahoma City
William Flanagan
Claremore
Josephine Freede
Oklahoma City
Ann Felton Gilliland
Oklahoma City
John T. Hanes
Oklahoma City
Ralph Harvey
Oklahoma City
John A. Henry, III
Oklahoma City
Henry F. Kane
Bartlesville
Robert H. Kane
Tulsa
Gene Love
Lawton
Tom H. McCasland, III
Duncan
David McLaughlin
Enid/Oklahoma City
Lew Meibergen
Enid
Ronald L. Mercer
Bethany
Mike O’Neal, Ph.D.
Oklahoma City
Lloyd Noble, II
Tulsa
Bill Price
Oklahoma City
Patrick T. Rooney
Oklahoma City
Melissa Sandefer
Norman
Thomas Schroedter
Tulsa
RADM(R) Greg Slavonic
Oklahoma City
Richard L. Sias
Oklahoma City
Charles M. Sublett
Tulsa
Robert Sullivan
Tulsa
Lew Ward
Enid
William E. Warnock, Jr.
Tulsa
Dana Weber
Tulsa
Daryl Woodard
Tulsa
Daniel J. Zaloudek
Tulsa
OCPA Legal Counsel
H. Edward DeBee
Oklahoma City
Jack P. Gilchrist
Oklahoma City
Fellows
Steven J. Anderson, MBA, CPA
Research Fellow
Jayson Lusk
Samuel Roberts Noble Distinguished Fellow
Matt Mayer, J.D.
Research Fellow
J. Scott Moody, M.A.
Research Fellow
Andrew C. Spiropoulos, J.D.
Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow
Wendy P. Warcholik, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Trent England
David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow for the Advancement of Liberty
Tina Korbe Dzurisin
Research Associate
Adam Luck, MPP
Research Fellow