Plate to Politics Podcast: Vanessa Hall-Harper, Tulsa City Councillor


This episode features Vanessa Hall-Harper, a City Councillor from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Vanessa received national press attention when she advocated to place restrictions on the development of discount dollar stores in her district.

Vanessa has worked 25 years in the Tulsa County system. She has been employed with the Tulsa Health Department for over 18 years. Prior to working in the health field, Vanessa was an Intake Counselor at the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau for more than 6 years. Vanessa is committed to improving the quality of life in District 1 both professionally and politically.

Vanessa has been married for 25 years to Sgt. Marcus Harper of the Tulsa Police Department, and they have one daughter, Kaylyn. Vanessa is also a community activist who is passionate about uplifting her community. She volunteers on a plethora of boards and committee's such as the Institute for Developing Communities (TIDC), Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, North Tulsa Clean-up Campaign, the Phoenix District Development Council, Theatre North, Tulsa Juneteenth, the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Vanessa talks about what service as an elected politician means to her, and how she works with and relies on her community to make decisions.

The information presented in this podcast is for informational purposes only, and does not represent an endorsement of any particular candidate or of the Plate to Politics program.

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