Honoring 100 for the 100th: Sandy Ingraham

Sandy Ingraham, social policy consultant and attorney at Ingraham & Associates law firm in McLoud, Oklahoma, is an advocate for social justice in the state of Oklahoma. Sandy, a California native, received two bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma. She continued her education, earning a master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Oklahoma, and then concluded her formal education with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

Upon entering the workforce, Sandy began her career as a lobbyist for the Neighborhood Services Organization at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Sandy followed legislation, and advocated for housing and medical needs for vulnerable populations. After following legislation and advocating for change over 20 years, Sandy transitioned into the role of a policy consultant, starting her own business, Ingraham & Associates. In this position, Sandy serves people with disabilities, works in policy making, and advocates for the aging leadership organization. Furthermore, Sandy helped developed SoonerStart, a program which provides special education for infants and toddlers, and has also developed legislation which has led to more services for the Good Faith Donor Program, the 1984 Perinatal Plan, and has allowed nonprofits to rent out HUD properties. Currently, along with her policy work at Ingraham & Associates, Sandy writes the annual data book Kids Count, a program through the Institute for Child Advocacy. Sandy was on the initial Board of the Oklahoma Women’s Foundation, and in 1993 was named Child Advocate of the Decade. Sandy was honored for her many contributions to the field of social work, and was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996.

Sandy’s life exhibits dedication to the field, and she is an advocate for policy that will create positive, social change in the lives of many vulnerable populations.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Wanda Felty wrote:
I met Sandy almost 20 years ago when I was attending Partners in Policymaking. At that time I knew she had a heart for advocating for people who couldn't advocate for themselves. From that time, I have looked up to Sandy as teacher and mentor. Sandy is one of those great unsung leaders in our state. Her work and passion has impacted more people than she will ever realize. Congratulations, Sandy… you are more than deserving of this recognition.

Tue, August 8, 2017 @ 5:17 AM

2. Diana McCalment wrote:
No one deserves this recognition more than Sandy Ingraham. She is, and has been, a dedicated advocate for the most vulnerable in Oklahoma. She has also been a willing and accessible mentor for hundreds who share her concerns.

Tue, August 8, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

3. sharon neuwald wrote:
While Sandy is known for all her advocacy activities my fondest memory is as a young legislative researcher green behind the ears. Sandy, took me under her wing and taught me the ins and outs of perinatal policy. Her efforts bore fruit and i will always be grateful. Congratulations Sandy

Thu, September 7, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

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