Kathy Taylor has served in public office most of her adult life. She served as Tulsa’s 38th Mayor drawing from years of experience as a business executive and corporate attorney. During her term, Kathy led the city through the worst recession in 70 years and developed the funding package to support the retention of Tulsa’s largest employer, American Airlines. Additionally, her leadership was the catalyst for downtown revitalization through the completion and successful launch of the BOK Center and the development of downtown’s ONEOK Field to retain the Tulsa Drillers. This work contributed to more than a billion dollars in additional public and private investment in downtown. Her administration launched the city’s first entrepreneur business competition.
Kathy is also a former Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce, Tourism and Workforce Development, and Executive Director of the Department of Commerce. Her leadership at the state level helped Oklahoma land the largest Dell facility in the U.S. outside their corporate headquarters and saw the creation of thousands of jobs in Oklahoma. Kathy returned to serve the state after completing her term as mayor, serving as the Governor’s Chief of Education Strategy and Innovation. In this role, she spearheaded a bipartisan dialogue across the state with business owners, teachers and parents about necessary education reforms. In 2012, Kathy served as a resident fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics teaching “Pathways to Public Service”.
Currently, she serves as Chair of the Leadership Council for ImpactTulsa, as a member of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation board and the Ship Sponsor for the recently commissioned USS Tulsa (LC-16). Kathy has been honored by numerous civic and education organizations, including the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the Tulsa Historical Society, the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, and many others.