KieselRyan 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 teaches 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.


Scott Carter PhotoM. Scott Carter

Director of Investigative Communications

Scott Carter, an award-winning investigative reporter, joined the staff of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma in August 2015

Carter serves as the the ACLU of Oklahoma’s Director of Investigative Communications, a position that will support the ACLU’s work in courthouses and the state capitol by telling the often untold stories about the state of civil liberties in Oklahoma.

Scott Carter is a gifted journalist with a deep understanding of Oklahoma government, law and history and an insatiable determination to find the truth.  His work makes Oklahoma’s premier champion for civil liberties an even more formidable opponent to those standing in the way of the march towards liberty and equality in Oklahoma.

Carter, a native Oklahoman, served as Capitol Bureau Chief for The Journal Record newspaper, where he covered politics and the Oklahoma Legislature. In addition, he was an investigative reporter for Oklahoma Watch, a nonprofit focused on state policy.

In 2013, he was named one of the state’s top three political reporters by The Washington Post’s blog, “The Fix.” Carter is a four-time winner of the Associated Press-Oklahoma News Editors Sweepstakes Award for public affairs and investigative reporting.

Carter also has earned state and national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, the National Press Photographers Association, the National Magazine Publishers Association and the American Library Association.

Carter holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 2014, he earned a master’s degree from OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

He is a published novelist.  In 2011, his first novel was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. His second novel earned the Oklahoma Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, the Gold Award for Young Adult Fiction from the National Independent Book Publishers Association and Foreword Magazine’s 2013 Gold Award for Young Adult Fiction.

Carter is a member of the board of directors and a past president of the Oklahoma Pro Chapter Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Karen, an elementary school teacher, and their six children.


allieAllie Shinn

Development Director

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. 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 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 the over incarceration of everyday Americans and the failed war on drugs, LGBT rights, and women’s rights.

Outside of his work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, Bryan is a licensed Realtor and he enjoys outdoor activities.