Kathy Taylor is known as a change agent. She is a proven leader, business executive, public servant, and corporate attorney. She currently serves as Chair of the Leadership Council of ImpactTulsa, an unprecedented partnership focused on the collective impact business, education, philanthropic and civic leaders can have to increase student success in the Tulsa region.
Kathy led Tulsa as its Mayor until 2009. Her leadership success helped create afterschool and mentoring programs; launched the City’s first entrepreneur business model competition; increased trust between the community and law enforcement; revitalized downtown with the completion of the BOK event center and developed ONEOK field, a new home for Tulsa’s long time professional baseball team. Kathy initially entered public service full time in 2003 when she was appointed Oklahoma’s Secretary of Commerce, Tourism and Workforce Development and Executive Director of the Department of Commerce. Her leadership at the state helped Oklahoma land the largest Dell facility in the U.S. outside their corporate headquarters.
After completing her term as Mayor, Kathy served as the Oklahoma Governor’s Chief of Education Strategy and Innovation. She spearheaded a bipartisan dialogue across the state with business, teachers and parents about necessary education reforms. In 2012, Kathy served as a resident fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, teaching a course on Pathways to Public Service. Kathy serves as the regional board chair and on the national board of Reading Partners, an early literacy intervention that empowers communities to help students succeed in reading. She is also a member of the Board of SONIC®, America's Drive-In®, the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants with more than 3,500 drive-ins serving approximately 3 million customers every day.