Meet Bailey Perkins

Bailey is a millennial professional skilled in:

  • Public Speaking
  • State and Federal Public Policy
  • Strategic thinking  
  • Issue Advocacy and campaign development
  • Political engagement
  • Project management
  • Event organizing
  • Consensus building
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting
  • Teaching, training and facilitation

A native of Lawton and fifth generation Oklahoman, Bailey works tirelessly as a womanist, public policy advocate, and adjunct professor at a local community college. She’s currently the State Advocacy and Public Policy Director for Oklahoma Food Banks. She previously worked for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the Oklahoma Policy Institute, and for the U.S. House of Representatives leading healthcare, education, nutrition, science, space, and technology policy initiatives for Congresswoman Kendra Horn in Washington, D.C. The OKC Friday ranked Bailey as the 16th most powerful young professional in Oklahoma City and The Oklahoman featured her in its “21st Century Women” series as a woman making significant contributions and driving change in Oklahoma City.

She graduated with honors from Oklahoma City University, earning a 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 earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. Bailey is a Leadership Oklahoma Class 34 participant, a Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Association member as a LOYAL Class XIII graduate, and an Ion magazine Next Gen under 30 in Policy and Public Service. Each week, she contributes as a co-host on the “Let’s Pod This” political podcast. She also consults for the Black Women Voices Project, serves as the Vice Chair of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition Board of Directors, and supports efforts to elect more progressive women through the Sally’s List Board of Directors in her spare time.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Sigma Omega Chapter member

Additionally: Beta Beta chapter initiate, 2010 Leadership Fellow, 2010-2012 Mid-Western Regional Representative to the International Undergraduate Activities Committee, 2018 Leadership Fellows Coach, and 2018 Oklahoma State Connection Coordinator

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Oklahoma City University

Alumni Career Spotlights

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Oklahoma Food Banks

State Advocacy and Public Policy Director

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Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL program

Class XIII graduate and Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Association Member

Leadership Oklahoma City’s Linking Oklahoma City’s Young Adult Leaders LOYAL program

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Oklahoma Women’s Coalition Board of Directors

Vice Chair

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Sally’s List

Board member

Supporting the organization’s mission to train, support, and elect progressive women to public office in Oklahoma

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Leadership Oklahoma

Class 34

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2017 Inaugural Horizon Award Recipient

Oklahoma City Young Professionals

Selected as one of five rising professionals who demonstrate a public identity within their community based on professional goals, volunteerism, leadership and philanthropic endeavors by the Northwest Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals in Oklahoma City.

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Social Justice Activator Award for Up and Coming Leader

YWCA of Oklahoma City Stand Against Racism campaign

Identified as a Woman of Color Leading Change and Social Justice Activator and recognized during the campaign’s Inclusivi-tea awards reception

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2018 Board Member of the Year

New Leaders Council Oklahoma

Chosen by the New Leaders Council Oklahoma Board of Directors for my contributions in launching the Oklahoma chapter and running its inaugural, 5 month intensive training institute for rising, progressive leaders in the state.

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NextGen Under 30 in Policy and Public Service Award Recipient

Ion Oklahoma Magazine

Recognized as a millennial leader who is making significant contributions in policy and public service in Oklahoma

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Most Powerful Young Professional in Oklahoma City metro designation


Ranked as the 16th most Power young professional in Oklahoma City out of 100 young professionals nominated based on votes by peers and community leaders within Oklahoma City. The highest ranking African American woman on the list.

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Next Generation Most Powerful Oklahoman designation


One of seven young professionals profiled in the “50 Most Powerful Oklahomans” edition this year

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