Bailey Perkins, a native of Lawton, works tirelessly as a public policy advocate and an adjunct professor at a local community college. Currently, she represents both the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma as the State Advocacy and Public Policy Director. In this role, she informs policy makers at the local, state and federal levels on the prevalence of hunger in Oklahoma, its underlying causes and long-term consequences and heads advocacy efforts on policies that bring sustainable solutions for the more than 621,000 Oklahomans living with food insecurity. She also serves on Feeding America’s national policy advisory committee where she contributes to network-wide strategies to influence federal policy. She previously worked in a congressional office leading healthcare, education, nutrition, science, space, and technology policy initiatives in Washington, D.C. The OKC Friday ranked Bailey as the 16th most powerful young professional in Oklahoma City and top 100 most powerful women in OKC, The OKC Young Professionals selected her as a Most Influential Young Professional in 2020, 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. She contributes as a weekly co-host on the “Let’s Pod This” political podcast.