As a 4th-generation Oklahoman, mom, and tireless community leader, Cacky Poarch has spent her entire career working to create a better Oklahoma. The daughter of a Korean War pilot, and granddaughter of a World War II veteran who helped plan D-Day, Cacky grew up with a deep understanding of service and commitment to country and state.
A longtime advocate for many facets of Oklahoma County, Cacky was appointed by Mayor Mick Cornett to serve on the Oklahoma City Arts Commission and helped create AMP UP OKC. She worked with Downtown OKC as a champion of the now vibrant Midtown District. Cacky is also a founding member and vice-chair of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Community Advisory Board, which aims to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for all citizens through positive and open communication.
Cacky was the first executive director of the deadCenter Film Festival, laying the foundation of success for the largest film festival in Oklahoma. She has produced and directed multiple documentaries, including the award-winning documentary “Faces of the 47th: The Art of Activism.” Always striving to make the best Oklahoma for her children and for generations to come, Cacky has worked to keep families safe from gun violence at the Oklahoma Legislature. She is involved in criminal justice reform as a board member of TEEM, The Education and Employment Ministry, working to break the cycle of incarceration.
Cacky graduated from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and is currently pursuing her Leadership MBA at the Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business. She and her two children are active residents of Oklahoma County, where she has lived for nearly five decades.