Lauren Thiesse, Manager of Continuous Learning and Improvement

Lauren Thiesse is the Manager of Continuous Learning and Improvement with ImpactTulsa. She moved to Oklahoma from her home state of Maryland in 2014 after she graduated from McDaniel College with a degree in English. She holds an MPA from the University of Oklahoma- Tulsa. Lauren served as an Americorps member and program manager with Reading Partners. She is passionate about facilitating Collaborative Action Networks to help organizations learn from each other and improve the lives of children and families in Tulsa. ...

Laura Latta, Director of Post-Seconrdary Partnerships and Research

Laura Latta holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. She is the Director of Post-Secondary Partnerships and Research at ImpactTulsa. Her range of experiences in public education, post-secondary instruction, and educational research contribute to her skill and passion for supporting post-secondary initiatives.   Prior to joining the ImpactTulsa team, Laura worked for seven years as an educator in the Union Public School district. She also worked as an administrator and Community School Coordinator at Rosa Parks Elementary....

Delia Kimbrel, Director of Research and Analysis

Dr. Delia Kimbrel holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Delia brings an array of experience in research design, advanced analysis, and program evaluation in economic development, housing, and education policy.  For ten years, Delia worked at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy leading multi-year, formative, impact, and cost-benefit evaluations of federal HUD, housing-based, self-sufficiency, economic service, and asset-building initiatives for low-income families throughout Massachusetts and Maine.     As a Harvard University, Rappaport Public Policy...

Jessica Smith, Senior Director of Education and Collaborative Action

Jessica Smith is the Director of Early Learning at ImpactTulsa who is dedicated to serving children and enhancing education in the Tulsa community. She brings more than fifteen years of public education and nonprofit experience to the organization. Her passion and drive to improve the lives of students are evident throughout her career. Before joining the ImpactTulsa team, Jessica led a team of 52 people to serve over 1,300 students in 22 Tulsa Public Schools as the Program Director for Reading Partners Tulsa, where student enrollment increased 400%...

Darla Liggins, Senior Director of Strategy and Operations

Most recently, Darla served as an executive director with Enriched Schools, an education startup company and community talent hub in ten cities nationwide. Darla launched the D.C. region of Enriched Schools in 2015 and grew the program to serve and support over 30 schools with talented and engaging substitute teachers. While managing the Washington, DC region, Darla also supported Enriched growth nationwide by launching new regions in Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Atlanta. Prior to joining Enriched Schools, Darla led alumni a national strategy to build an alumni program to support...

Carlisha Williams Bradley, Executive Director

Carlisha Williams Bradley is a passionate educator and youth advocate who serves as the Executive Director of ImpactTulsa. Carlisha has held leadership roles as an educator, administrator, superintendent, and nonprofit leader showcasing her expertise in designing focused strategies, providing innovative learning opportunities for students, developing leaders, and maintaining strong community and organizational partnerships. Carlisha has had the opportunity to work in multiple education sectors including traditional public school systems, public charter schools, and international girls education. In addition to her work at ImpactTulsa, Carlisha serves as...