Who We are

Kirkpatrick Policy Group’s leadership and executive staff bring together decades of experience and knowledge in business, philanthropy, grantmaking, nonprofit administration, political strategy, public relations, and policy. KPG serves as a think tank for Oklahoma and beyond in the policy areas of animals, women’s reproductive health, and the arts and arts education.  

Christian Keesee


Christian Keesee is the chairman of Kirkpatrick Bank and Kirkpatrick Oil & Gas Company. Mr. Keesee also leads two philanthropic organizations as chairman of the Kirkpatrick Foundation and president of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, both based in Oklahoma City. Active in the arts and arts education, he is president and founder of Oklahoma Contemporary, Marfa Contemporary, and Green Box Arts, and the Brett Weston Archive. Mr. Keesee also sits on many cultural and philanthropic boards, including the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, American Ballet Theater, the Tate Americas Foundation, the National Council for the Humane Society of the United States, and the Frick Collection.

Elizabeth Eickman


Elizabeth K. Eickman is an Oklahoma City philanthropist whose leadership provides advancement for cultural, intellectual, and social interests in central Oklahoma and the Colorado Pikes Peak region. Her work emphasizes organization endowments, arts education, the role of arts in community development, animal wellbeing, and the reduction of teen pregnancy. Eickman serves as director of Kirkpatrick Family Fund, as advisor to the Kirkpatrick Foundation Board of Trustees and Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. She is on the board of Green Box Arts, Mollie Spencer Farm, the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma, plus she is a commissioner for the Oklahoma City Arts Commission and is active with Philanthropy Southwest. She recently co-chaired the Comprehensive Public Art Master Plan Steering Committee for Oklahoma City and currently serves on the Oklahoma Economic Impact Study Partner Advisory Committee. Liz is also active with the Oklahoma City County Health Department Wellness Now Coalition and is co-chair of the Adolescent Health Work Group.

Louisa McCune


Louisa McCune is an Oklahoma City animal and arts advocate and philanthropist. An Enid, Oklahoma native, McCune currently serves on the board of Patrons of OKC Animal Welfare and the Neighborhoods Subcommittee for MAPS4, appointed by the Oklahoma City mayor. She is a past board president of Animal Grantmakers (2020) and, in 2021, served as committee chair for the Philanthropy Southwest Annual Conference. McCune is editor-in-chief and co-founder of ArtDesk, a member and co-founder of Common Bonds, and a member and co-founder of the Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare. In 2022, McCune was one of the faculty at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics summer school, held at Merton College at Oxford University. McCune has been the executive director of Kirkpatrick Foundation since 2011.

Tyler Kirkpatrick


Tyler is a software developer originally from Springdale, Arkansas. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, he worked for Walmart as a Software Engineer until leaving to obtain a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Afterward, he moved to Oklahoma City and currently works as a Business Analyst at Kirkpatrick Bank. He resides in the city with his wife, Olivia, who recently began her Anesthesiology residency at OU College of Medicine.

Brendan Hoover


Brendan Hoover serves as coordinator for Kirkpatrick Policy Group. He earned a BA in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and began his career at his hometown newspaper, the Mustang Times. He later worked as a freelance writer for thirteen years, writing for publications such as ArtDesk, Oklahoma Gazette, Oklahoma Today, Curbside Chronicle, and more. Concurrently, Hoover worked in hospitality for over 25 years, including a tenure as dining room manager at historic Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Oklahoma City. Hoover is a proud husband and father to four sons and several dogs.

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