Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency Staff

The Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) is a state agency in the legislative branch that assists the Oklahoma House and Senate. LOFT provides budgetary recommendations to the LOFT Oversight Committee for use in setting the funding of state government, higher education, and public schools. LOFT is charged with ensuring state agency programs are efficient, effective and transparent. The LOFT Oversight Committee includes seven Senators and seven Representatives with political parties represented in proportion to membership in each house of the legislature.


Mike Jackson, Executive Director

Mr. Jackson was named the first Executive Director for the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) in May 2020. Prior to this role, Jackson spent six years with the State Chamber of Oklahoma; the last three as its Executive Vice President. Previously, he represented Enid as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for five terms (10 years). During his final term in the House, Jackson held the leadership role of Speaker Pro Tempore, presiding over legislative sessions and serving as a voting member on all committees. During his time in the Legislature, Jackson helped with the development of rules and the enactment of meaningful reforms and improvements that have strengthened Oklahoma. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Jackson was the Northwest Field Representative for U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and worked as a Public Information officer for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. He holds a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University and obtained professional certification from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management program.


Regina Birchum, Deputy Director

Ms. Birchum most recently helped to establish, launch and lead the Oklahoma City campus of the nationally renowned Cristo Rey Network of high schools. Prior to this, Birchum spent 15 years at the State Capitol in numerous roles involving public policy and communications, including serving five years as the Deputy Treasurer for Policy and Chief of Staff to the State Treasurer. While with the Treasury, she helped to launch a new publication for enhanced reporting of state financial data, was a member of a national policy working group to examine business incentives, assisted with putting the state’s checkbook online and implementation of a first-in-the-nation performance pay program for the office’s Unclaimed Property Division. During her prior 10 years working for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, she coordinated House Leadership’s policy initiative on government modernization, helping to implement reforms that led to improved transparency and accountability in state government. Birchum holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from Texas State University and has completed the Executive Leadership Development Program from the Stayer Center for Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame.


Bradley Ward, Program Evaluator

After a distinguished 8-year career with the United States Army, Mr. Ward became an advocate for military veterans, first coordinating the VetHERO program for the University of Central Oklahoma and, most recently, serving as the Operations and Policy Analyst for the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs. In this role, he analyzed data on veteran issues, examined outcomes to key performance indicators, and generated the first report on the state impact of federal education benefits to veterans. Ward has twice been recognized with the “Oklahoma 30 under 30” award and has completed numerous leadership programs, including the American Enterprise Institute, the VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship in Washington, D.C., and Leadership Edmond. He earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice Policy and an M.P.A., both from the University of Central Oklahoma.


Frank Magness, Financial Analyst

Mr. Magness joined LOFT after spending six years as an independent contractor providing project management, financial analysis, consulting and title examination services, primarily for the energy industry. He provided in-depth risk assessments and quality control review. Previously, he spent eight years working as a Senior Credit Analyst for four different banks in Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. In these roles, he analyzed multi-million-dollar portfolios, conducted credit and risk analysis, provided quality assurance for credit analysis, and ensured regulatory compliance. Magness holds a B.S. in Finance from Oklahoma State University and expects to complete his M.B.A. from the University of Maryland Global Campus in 2021. He also has the following certifications: from the Risk Management Association – Certificate of Continuing Education for Advanced Underwriting Techniques, Direct & Indirect Cash Flow Analysis, and Commercial Lending Basics; from the Western States School of Banking – Certificate of Continuing Education in Cash Flow Basic, Advanced Cash Flow Analysis, and Commercial Lending Cash Flow; from Udemy, Inc., the Complete SQL Bootcamp, from Basics to Advanced Concepts.


Andrew Welch, Program Evaluator

Mr. Welch brings to LOFT a diverse background including work for non-profits and both local and state government. He joined LOFT after working as Legislative Analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate, where he supported the Senate Energy and Transportation Committees. Prior to his work for the Oklahoma Senate, Welch worked as a Program Administrator for the New York University Office of Sustainability. While in New York, he also led municipal task forces analyzing local government performance and providing recommendations to meet the goals of the community and local leadership. Welch has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from the University of Missouri, and a M.A. in Environmental Policy from Pace University.


Katherine Grayson, Executive Assistant

Ms. Grayson most recently served as the Administrative Assistant and Event Coordinator for both the State Chamber of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Economic Development Council. During her five years with the Chamber and the Council, she coordinated meeting logistics, managed databases, maintained records and assisted in the planning and execution of numerous events. She also provided support to the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives. Previously, Grayson worked for Convergys Corporation as a Team Leader, where she honed her customer service skills.


Mike Davis, Program Evaluator

Prior to joining LOFT, Mr. Davis spent three years at the 1889 Institute, where he researched Oklahoma policy, wrote policy briefs and drafted model legislation. The majority of his work with the Institute focused on administrative reforms, civil justice, and occupational licensing issues. His work has been published by the Pacific Legal Foundation and Real Clear Policy. Previously, Davis worked in Hollywood producing Saturday Morning Cartoons for clients like Marvel Comics and the National Football League. Davis is a cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he focused on constitutional studies. He holds a B.A. in film production from Asbury University.


Loft's contact information:

2300 N Lincoln Blvd.
State Capitol Building - Room 107
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 768-3200

Address: 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., State Capitol Building - Room 107, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 768-3200 | info@okloft.gov