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 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 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 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.
Alexander Berney is a lifelong Oklahoman with extensive experience in research and advocacy across the state in the areas of education, animals, and cancer survivorship. An attorney and banker by profession, he has taken part in legislative drafting and policy coordination at the local, state, and regional levels. Berney earned his Juris Doctor degree with academic distinction from the University of Oklahoma. He is an active member of the Oklahoma City community, having served as a Junior Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City since 2021, and was part of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class XVII.
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, which won Oklahoma Press Association’s Sequoyah Award in 2009 and 2010 for best newspaper in its category. Hoover then worked as a freelancer for thirteen years, writing for publications such as ArtDesk, Oklahoma Gazette, Oklahoma Today, Curbside Chronicle, and more, earning several awards along the way. He also worked in hospitality for over 25 years, mostly at historic Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Oklahoma City, including twelve years as dining room manager. He was honored among Oklahoma’s Best of the Best during the Oklahoma Restaurant Association Hirst Hospitality Awards in 2017. Hoover is a proud husband and father to four sons and several dogs.
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