Katy Boren to lead innovation district
The Oklahoma Health Center Foundation has announced that Katy Evans Boren has been selected to lead Oklahoma City’s innovation district efforts as president and CEO. Boren begins her work on July 9.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Katy Boren’s caliber to lead this effort,” said David Harlow, chairman of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation. “This is essentially a start-up enterprise and she brings a blend of business experience, legal and entrepreneurial know-how, and management and governance expertise that are vital to creating a new entity and putting in place successful strategies for the future.”
Oklahoma City’s innovation district represents a concentration of the region’s innovation assets that offer the potential to spur economic growth and civic vitality where innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and placemaking intersect. In this newly created position, the CEO will create, identify and lead strategies in which anchor institutions, firms and civic leaders rally stakeholders to engage with their time, expertise and resources to support the innovation district’s vision to create a dynamic, inclusive innovation hub.
The Oklahoma Health Center Foundation is serving as the governance entity for the district’s efforts and is joined by the founding participants of the project: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Presbyterian Health Foundation, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and Oklahoma City Redevelopment Authority, in the implementation of the project plan. The project plan was the result of a study completed by the Brookings Institution and the Project for Public Spaces that looked at the potential growth of jobs and innovation in and around a study area loosely defined as the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley.
Boren is a native Oklahoman. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver in 1992 and her law degree from the University of Oklahoma three years later. She has practiced law in private firms, state agencies and served as Regional Vice President of Cox Communications. She most recently held the position of Chief of the Utilities Regulation Unit in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office. In these positions, she gained valuable leadership experience developing and executing strategic initiatives, creating collaborative solutions and managing people and process.