Executive Board

Ashten_Hughes_-_NLC_Oklahoma_.jpg Ashten Hughes – Co Director

Hughes@newleaderscouncil.org

Ashten Hughes graduated from the University of Nebraska - Omaha in 2012 with a degree in Political Science. During her undergrad, she volunteered with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, as an Advocacy and Organizing Intern. It was there that she was first introduced to the political sphere, while organizing volunteer phone banks for the organization. Shortly after graduating, Ashten began working with Senator Bob Kerrey's Senate campaign, as the deputy scheduler. After the election ended in 2012, she then went on to work as Deputy Field Director for the Mayor of Omaha's re-election campaign in 2013. After two campaigns, she began working in the non-profit sector as the Executive Administrator for the NorthStar Foundation in Omaha. While working there, she successfully, planned and executed all special events, and grew the annual fundraiser from 300 - 500 attendees and netted over $200,000 in donations. She also managed, branding, traditional and social media. In 2015, Ashten moved to Sacramento, CA where she worked at SEIU Local 1000, managing travel reservations for over 500 members and union staff, while helping to plan logistics for Member Actions, and meetings across the state. She is a graduate of Omaha's 2015 New Leaders Council Institute, where she was the Fellow's Fundraiser lead, and helped raise $40,000 during the inaugural year, after which, the Omaha Chapter was recognized by the NLC National, for fundraising. Currently, Ashten works as a general consultant for progressive campaigns in Oklahoma. She is the parent of two wonderful fur children, Eleanor and Shiva and is married to Justus Hughes.

Bailey_Perkins_-_NLC_Oklahoma.jpg Bailey Perkins, Co-Director

BPerkins@newleaderscouncil.org

Bailey Perkins is a 27 year old native of Lawton, Oklahoma. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history as a Clara Luper Full Tuition Scholar from Oklahoma City University and later earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. Bailey is currently the Outreach and Legislation Liaison for the Oklahoma Policy Institute where she represents the organization at the State Capitol during the legislative session and works closely with advocacy groups and coalitions in the Oklahoma City area to help advance OK Policy’s agenda for broad-based prosperity. The Northwest Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals in Oklahoma City recently recognized Bailey as an inaugural Horizon Award recipient – an award given to five rising professionals who demonstrate a public identity within their community based on professional goals, volunteerism, leadership and philanthropic endeavors. Bailey’s first experiences in the nonprofit field came from working as the Coordinator of Teen Leadership Initiatives for the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and serving two years as a board member and advocacy chairman of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. Her work in policy and politics began as a National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership alumna and graduate assistant, a staffer in the office of Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, and a campaign manager for Oklahoma U.S. Senate candidate Connie Johnson. Prior to joining the OK Policy staff, she was selected as one of five State Policy Fellows nationwide for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities State Policy Fellowship Program 2014-2016 cohort. As a policy fellow, she spent two years at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families where she researched, analyzed, and advocated for education and fiscal policies that help low and moderate income families in Arkansas. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, spending time with her nephew, and serving the community as a proud member of the Sigma Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

DeVon_Douglass_-_NLC_Oklahoma.jpg DeVon Douglass – Recruitment Chair

OklahomaSelections@newleaderscouncil.org

DeVon Douglass is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Tulsa. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Missouri State University and continued her education at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Passionate about service DeVon subsequently served her country as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. During her time as a VISTA she focused on how communities can best help marginalized youth realize their own agency. Following her VISTA service DeVon sought to continue in impactful, state-level change. She moved back to Tulsa to work for the Oklahoma Policy Institute, a non-partisan, budget & tax policy think tank. While there, she galvanized Oklahomans around issues of economic opportunity, racial equity, and asset building. Her tenure at Oklahoma Policy Institute was a natural gateway to her work with the City of Tulsa. She hopes to weave resilience into the fabric of Tulsa.

Crawford_Pic.JPGDustin Crawford, Curriculum Chair

OklahomaSelections@newleaderscouncil.org

Mr. Crawford is the Senior Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary for SandRidge. He joined SandRidge as Counsel in July 2014 and advises on corporate legal affairs, significant corporate transactions, and governance matters. Prior to working at SandRidge, Mr. Crawford served in similar capacities at Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and as an associate with the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP in New York, New York. Dustin received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where he was President and Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Nikki_Owens_-_NLC_Oklahoma_.jpg Nikki Owens, Communications Co-Chair

OklahomaComms@newleaderscouncil.org

Nikki is a moderator, emcee, on-air personality and a community activist. A graduate of Northeast High School and furthered her education at Langston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. While at Langston she participated in the Dean’s Honor Roll, National Association of Black Journalists, KALU Radio station, field reporter for LU’s television station, and a writer for the in-school newspaper called “The Gazette”; she also studied Broadcast Journalism abroad in West Africa (The Gambia and Senegal). Nicole has an avid curiosity to learn and is always pursuing opportunities to grow intellectually and spiritually. She is a former member of YLX (Youth Leadership Exchange) Class Two and LOYAL (Linking Oklahoma's Young Adult Leaders) Class One, and currently a member of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 35. Nikki has been a part of the Gospel Music Workshop of America with the Gospel Announcers Guild and interned with Perry Publishing and Broadcasting before joining the team. She is currently a co-host of The Open Mic Talk Show which airs Monday through Friday 9am until 11am and can be heard In Oklahoma City, Lawton/Ft.Sill and Tulsa. Nikki’s hobbies include but are not limited to: world-wide traveling, reading, mentoring & tutoring, networking in the community. Some of Nicole's community activities include: One Church One Child Scholarship Committee, Toastmasters International Let’s Talk Club # 4884, Board Serve Class One Member for United Way, HeartLine Executive Board Member (Secretary), Special Friends of Ralph Ellison Library (Secretary), Guiding Right, Inc. Community Action Board Member, Public Speaker in the Community and Oklahoma County Democrat Precinct Officer.

Kendall_Brown_-_NLC_Oklahoma.jpg Kendall Brown, Communications Co-Chair

OklahomaComms@newleaderscouncil.org

Kendall works in digital media, specializing in digital advocacy for progressive causes. She is currently the Senior Digital Strategist for Muslim Advocates, fighting anti-Muslim bigotry and legislation following November's election. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates, Kendall was the Deputy Digital Director for the Hillary Clinton campaign in the battleground state of Ohio, where she managed the state's top tier digital content program, leading a team of writers, videographers, and designers to generate content used across the state and nationally. Before joining Hillary for America, Kendall worked as the Digital Community Programs and Platforms Manager for Organizing for Action, managing content and volunteers from across the nation in support of President Obama's progressive platform. She has worked with several other organizations, always with a focus on progressive issues and activism, and her work has taken her across the globe. Kendall's work has been published in several publications, including ThinkProgress, CNN and CNBC, and was featured by the White House in 2013. Her digital work fighting for the Affordable Care Act gained national attention, and was recognized by several publications and groups, including Rolling Stone magazine and then U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Kendall earned a B.A. in Digital Mass Media from the University of Oklahoma.

Maurianna_Adams_-_NLC_Oklahoma.jpg Maurianna Adams, Finance Chair

OklahomaFinance@newleaderscouncil.org

Promoting individual advocacy and community connectedness is the mission of Maurianna Adams, founder and current President of CommUNITY Alliance of Oklahoma. Oklahoma native, she has witnessed the spirit of entrepreneurship revitalize her Sooner State, however grave economic and social disparities continue. In her 7 years of public service, she has served grandparents raising grandchildren, incarcerated women, former foster care youth, Oklahomans with mental illnesses and homeless adults. She has been featured on News 9 and has articles published in The Journal Record, The Oklahoman and various newsletters. Maurianna studied business management, sociology and political science at the University of Oklahoma and received a MPA from the University of Central Oklahoma. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks on the beach (Lake Hefner) and spending time with friends (Golden Girls). Wife of a hunk, mother of a sour patch kid, there is never a dull moment in the life of a woman advocate! Psalm 46:5

debra.jpg Debra Wotjeck, Selections Chair

OklahomaSelections@newleaderscouncil.org

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Debra attended public schools and graduated from Yukon High School. During this time she began her community involvement through working for Pets and People Human Society and volunteering with numerous groups including Habitat for Humanity and other local groups to help those in her community. After high school, Debra moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma to attend college at Oklahoma State University and graduated from there in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business and Economics. After college Debra began working at Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 124 where her involvement in her Office of Professional Employees Union Local 381 sparked her desire to improve the workplace for Oklahomans and drove her to apply for the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO Communications Directors Position. Through her position as Communications Director she has been involved with organizations dedicated to promoting civil and human rights. Debra has been an active member of the Construction Industries Coalition, Building and Construction Trades, Oklahoma City Community Forum, and several community involvements including serving on the Oklahoma City YWCA Executive Board, Serving up Cures for MDA Fundraising Board, as well as DAD’s (Day Against Diabetes) Fundraiser Board. She graduated in the first class of the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Board Serve Central Oklahoma Program. She has been with her husband Brad for over 10 years and they have one son named Matthew. Debra works every day to improve the lives of working Oklahomans and will continue that fight both professionally and through community involvement.