BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF
Current Board Members
Reina Mohan is an experienced recruiter with a strong background in sales and is currently the chief executive officer of MCA Consulting, LLC, a company she founded in 2006.
Kitti Asberry is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma. On May 19, 2007, she was the first African-American elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Oklahoma State Democratic Party. Prior to being elected Vice Chair, Kitti served for 5 consecutive years as the chief executive and inspirational leader for the Oklahoma County Democratic Party. While chairing the County party, she also served as the State Secretary for the Oklahoma Federation of Democratic Women’s Clubs. In 2012, Kitti was inducted into the Oklahoma Federation of Democratic Women’s Clubs Hall of Fame. In 2019, she was named the Public Servant of the Year by the Women of Color Expo. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, and the Co-Chair of the Oklahoma, 2020 Women on Boards, National Campaign. She is a graduate of the University of Phoenix where she holds a Bachelor of Science in Business/Management and a Master of Business Administration / Human Resources Management. In addition, she is a 1986 graduate of the George Meany School of Political Science and Labor Studies, in Washington, D.C. Her personal philosophy and commitment to making a difference has earned her the respect of numerous political, civic, and community leaders and volunteers around our state.
Andrea Benjamin is originally from Northern California and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include Race and Politics, Local Elections and Voting behavior, and Public Opinion. Her first book, Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections: Elite Cues and Cross-Ethnic Voting, explores the potential for Black and Latino Coalitions in local politics. Using the Co-Ethnic Elite Cues Theory, the book shows that Blacks and Latinos rely on endorsements from co-ethnic leaders when casting their ballots. This is especially true when race and ethnicity are salient in the campaign. This book was published by Cambridge University Press. She is currently working on a project about representation in local politics. Her research interests helped her realize what matters most: increasing political participation at all levels. She is passionate about voter registration, voter education programming, and supporting diverse candidates in elections. She is most excited about working to recruit, support, and train women and women of color to run for office!
Allyson Coffey is a life-long Oklahoman, who grew up in Shawnee. Allyson has a diverse background having taught elementary physical education for several years before transitioning to a career in sales, now as an owner/agent for Farmers Insurance. Allyson has been an active volunteer in the community for many years, serving in various roles for several nonprofits. In addition, she has been an active volunteer for numerous Democratic candidates.
Jackie Johnson joins the board with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry both as a provider and administrator. She currently works for Planned Parenthood Federation of America conducting accreditation reviews of affiliates across the nation. Prior to working for the national office, she worked 19 years at Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma as a provider, director of patient services, board member, consultant, and lastly as CEO. Jackie has volunteered on several local and national campaigns and ballot initiatives over the past 30 years and is excited to encourage & empower women to run for office in Oklahoma!
SARA JANE ROSE
& EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sara Jane Rose moved from California to Oklahoma in 2005 with her husband, an Oklahoma native, and two daughters. A 1982 graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island, her California careers included directing episodic series for network and cable television, and five years teaching martial arts and self-defense to adults and children as part of a leading national studio chain. She has a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate. In 2010, she founded Sally’s List, a non-profit organization that recruits and trains progressive women to run for public office in Oklahoma. After serving as board president of Sally’s List for its first six years, she has been its executive director since 2017.
A fourth generation Oklahoman, Alyssa’s family have lived here as ranchers and farmers since before statehood. After graduating with a degree in Letters from the University of Oklahoma, she has dedicated herself to empowering and encouraging progressive women to run for elected office in her home state.