Our Organizers


Emilee Bounds
Senior Organizer

An Oklahoma native, Emilee began her career in organizing as an institutional leader with Mayflower Congregational UCC and VOICE OKC. She has also organized with IAF affiliates in West Texas and Houston.

Over her career, Emilee has been instrumental in securing several key wins for families:

  • As the organizer for WTOS in Lubbock, leaders won a Mental Health Voucher program that allowed families 6 free sessions of mental health care at the height of the pandemic.

  • With TMO Houston, Emilee worked with clergy and leaders in Brazoria County to ensure that $11 million in COVID relief dollars stayed in the county with little restrictions to help the most vulnerable families in their congregations.

  • Emilee also worked with the Network of Texas Organizations to disrupt Chapter 313 reauthorization, which was siphoning millions of dollars from urban school districts in Texas.

Emilee is originally from Yukon, OK and played softball for the University of Central Oklahoma, where she holds a Master's Degree in Wellness Management. Before organizing, Emilee spent most of her career in higher education and wellness and served as the Youth Director for Mayflower UCC.


Kelli Driscoll Crews
Clergy Organizer

Rev. Kelli Driscoll Crews spent twenty years in congregational ministry, serving Disciples of Christ and United Methodist churches in Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Through that work, she discovered broad-based organizing. As a leader with ACTION, Kelli collaborated with other ACTION leaders, subject experts, and state legislators to establish the Oklahoma Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights, extending the same kind of consumer protections found in mortgage and auto lending to student loans. She knows we can address the real problems affecting our lives when ordinary people become non-partisan civic leaders. Kelli holds a B.A. in Religion from Texas Christian University and a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at TCU. Kelli grew up in Louisiana but Oklahoma is home. She lives in Tulsa with her husband, daughter, dogs, cat and hens. 


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