Sandy Ingraham was born in 1947 in California but moved around regularly throughout her childhood due to her father’s career in the Air Force. After graduating high school in Tripoli, Libya, she stopped in Oklahoma on her way back to California and stayed. She earned degrees in English Literature and Philosophy from Central State College (now University of Central Oklahoma), a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.
She began her professional career as a lobbyist at the Oklahoma State Capitol for Neighborhood Services Organization. She began tracking legislation for various groups and turned this into a business, which lasted over twenty years. Ingraham taught in the School of Social Work at OU. She is currently a social policy consultant, conducting training for citizens with disabilities, partners in policy making, and older advocates with the aging leadership organization, and she is also an attorney at Ingraham & Associates. She enjoys being able to help people through her legal services.
Ingraham has worked on numerous programs including SoonerStart, special education for infants and toddlers, and has championed legislation leading to more services for citizens of the state, such as the Good Faith Donor Program, the 1984 Perinatal Plan, and allowing non-profits to rent out HUD properties. She writes the annual data book Kids Count, an Annie E. Casey funded childhood advocacy effort through the Institute for Child Advocacy.
She was on the initial Board of the Oklahoma Women’s Foundation, and in 1993 was named Child Advocate of the Decade. Ingraham was inducted in the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996.
(Bio current as of 2010)