Outreach & Legislative Director Angela Monson
A lifelong Oklahoman, Angela Monson has been an advocate for change for more than five decades. Working with the community, faith-based, civic, civil rights organizations, and others, she has been a leader for policy change in health care, education, social justice, taxes, and many other important issues that impact hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans. Angela served as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from November 1990 until her election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1993, where she served until November 2005. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Corrections from Oklahoma City University. Angela is a graduate of the historic Oklahoma City Douglass High School.
Southeast Regional Organizer
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 the 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.
Southwest Regional Organizer
Katie Applegate joined OK Policy in November of 2021. Her heart is in Southwest Oklahoma where she was born and raised. She worked in Events Management at Cameron University while earning her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She was active on her campus as a staff member and student. During her last year of school, she was selected as the Senior Class Gift Committee Chair and brought a public art piece to campus along with her team. Although her career and school kept her schedule full, she always made time see local theatre performances and picking up a Wayne’s Drive Inn Dr. Pepper afterwards. After graduating, she worked in Events Management at the University of Central Oklahoma. Katie and Lottie (her senior golden retriever) enjoy short walks and an Oklahoma sunset by the fire-pit. What she tackles, she conquers. She is excited and honored to serve her region.
Central Regional Organizer
Tasneem Al-Michael joined OK Policy in September 2022 as the Central Regional Organizer. A community-justice advocate and creative at his core, Tasneem is an artivist, entrepreneur, and organizer from Oklahoma City by way of Bangladesh. As an organizer, Tas has served at the local, state, and national levels in the electoral arena and issue-based campaigns. He aspires to help break barriers in underrepresented communities by building their collective power and uplifting stories to become changemakers. In his spare time, when he has any, Tas enjoys hosting community events and creating art with friends.
Northeast Regional Organizer
Austin Webb joined OK Policy in September 2022 as the Northeast Regional Organizer. Born and raised in Tulsa, he notes his grandfather instilled in him a strong dedication for community service, taking him to volunteer at his church’s food bank twice a week, every summer from the fifth grade until his high school graduation. Austin worked as a volunteer coordinator for local and state election campaigns in 2016 and 2018. He has also worked for non-profit organizations in the Tulsa area in areas that include helping low-income households prepare their tax returns, working for after-school programs, and helping people enroll in various government services like SoonerCare and SNAP. Service to community remains at the heart of everything he does.