Version 4Ryan Kiesel

Executive Director

Ryan Kiesel served three terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010. During his time in the legislature, Kiesel held various leadership roles and often led the fight against efforts to curb reproductive rights and trample civil liberties.

In addition to his service in the legislature, Ryan has filled key roles on local, state and national campaigns. Ryan continues to write and speak on a wide range of political and legal issues, and has been cited by local and national media outlets.

Prior to joining the staff of the ACLU of Oklahoma, Kiesel was in private practice with a law firm in Oklahoma City. Ryan also taught a seminar, Politics and the Law, as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Ryan received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.


Brady Henderson

Legal Director

Coming to the ACLU in September, 2012, Brady has been a member of the Oklahoma legal community since 2006. Henderson is a former Assistant District Attorney and was manager of his own law practice before joining ACLU of Oklahoma. Spending many years as a domestic violence prosecutor and advocate for the people of Cleveland County, Brady left public service in 2011 to pursue his own practice specializing in civil rights, criminal defense, and general litigation.

Born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, Brady graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma in 2003, with degrees in Political Science and in Letters. In 2006 he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma Law School. Brady and his family now live in Oklahoma City where they are active members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Brady is President of the Oklahoma Lawyers’ Chapter of the American Constitution Society and a member of both the Phi Beta Kappa and Eta Sigma Phi societies. When not in the law library or the courtroom, Brady enjoys a second avocation as a classical musician and composer.


danielleW_125Danielle Williams

Development Coordinator

Danielle joined the ACLU of Oklahoma in  February of 2017 as the External Affairs Coordinator. Her experience lies largely in nonprofit fundraising and political advocacy.

Danielle holds a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Sociology. She first came to the ACLU in 2012 as an intern in her senior year at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduating, she joined Planned Parenthood doing advocacy, outreach, fundraising and communication. She gained experience in a number of 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 nonprofit organizations before returning to the ACLU.

Since 2014 Danielle has served on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice. Outside of her work with the ACLU Danielle coaches children and teens with a local USA Swimming team.


img_4104Allie Shinn

Director of External Affairs

Allie Shinn has been with the ACLU since January of 2010. She first held the position of Govern­ment Affairs Intern, then served as part-time Litigation Coordinator be­ginning in November 2010. In 2011, Allie took on the role of Development Director and in 2016 accepted a position as the Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives. Allie holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Science in International Studies, both from Oklahoma State Univer­sity. Her primary civil liberties in­terests are women’s rights, racial justice, and criminal justice reform.




Bryan CroppedBryan Newell

Director of Operations

Bryan Newell relocated to Oklahoma City in 2000. He is a native Arkansan that holds a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Arkansas. Bryan worked as financial analyst in the manufacturing, service, and telecommunications industries. Bryan joined the ACLU in 2010 as the Office Manager.

Bryan’s civil liberties passions include criminal justice reform, racial justice, and equality for transgender Americans.

Outside of his work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, Bryan is a licensed Realtor.

Candace Liger joined the ACLU in March 2017 as a Community Organizer.  In her experience as an organizer, she has focused on networking organizational leadership and encouraging intersectional strategies to challenge oppressive systems in marginalized communities. Her key areas include racial justice, art & healing justice, violence against women, equality for LGTBQIA, and criminal justice reform.