Michael C. Carnuccio serves in the capacity of President and CEO of the Liberty Foundation and serves as President of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Previously, Michael served as senior advisor for Oklahomans for Responsible Government, director of public affairs for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and director of public affairs for Saxum Strategic Communications (now Saxum PR). He also was an Adjunct Faculty lecturing in courses on American Government with the Department of Political Science at Oklahoma State University.
His work has been published in the Korean Journal of Public Policy, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. His weekly column “Free Market Friday” is published by the Journal Record and syndicated in 27 markets. Michael is a member of Club 29 Rotary, the Downtown Club of Oklahoma City, the Heritage Foundation’s Young President’s Club and SALLT.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Liberty Foundation, Operation Homefront, OCPA Impact, The Fairness Center, and the Steering Committee at Roosevelt Leadership Academy. Michael received both his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and his M.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University.
He lives in Yukon, OK with his wife, Kayla, and their sons, Joseph and Thomas.
Jennie Kleese serves in the capacity of Director of Development at the Liberty Foundation and joined the team in September 2014. Kleese, who holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She most recently served as development events manager at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank which formulates public policy research and analysis consistent with the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and individual initiative. Kleese also spent time as a communications specialist for the Oklahoma Insurance Department, coordinating dozens of annual department events and assisting with media relations.
She resides in Oklahoma City, OK, with her husband, Ed, and two children.