President & CEO
Cathy O’Connor has been instrumental in furthering development downtown, helping to ensure the success of the MAPS 3 projects and promoting job creation. She was the point person on the team that worked with GE to locate their global energy research facility, and the Boeing Aircraft Modernization and Sustainment division in Oklahoma City. Committed to the redevelopment of distressed areas, she led the efforts to create the NE Renaissance Urban Renewal Area and tax increment finance district and the Core to Shore tax increment finance district.
Prior to becoming president of the Alliance, Ms. O’Connor worked for the City of Oklahoma City for nearly 30 years, most recently serving as an assistant city manager. She is active in a variety of economic and community organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for United Way of Central Oklahoma, Commercial Real Estate Women of Oklahoma City, The Foundation for the Oklahoma City Public Schools and Historic Preservation Inc. Ms. O’Connor is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and Leadership Oklahoma.
Journal Record’s Oklahoma Woman of the Year Stanley Draper Award for Community Excellence from Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.
Byliner Award for Economic Development from the Association of Women in Communications