Sworn in as the 40th Mayor of Tulsa in 2016 and re-elected to a second term as mayor of Tulsa in 2020, Mayor G.T. Bynum is using data and innovation to bring people together and make our city globally competitive.  To accomplish this, Mayor Bynum is focused on fiscal responsibility, public safety, equality of opportunity, and community investment.

Under Mayor Bynum’s leadership, Tulsa recruited the two largest new employers in city history, secured the largest private sector investment in Tulsa history, opened the greatest park gift in American history, and became known across the nation for innovative programs such as A Better Way, the New Tulsans Initiative and the Resilient Tulsa Strategy. Mayor Bynum steadily led Tulsa through critical incidents including the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, multiple tornadoes, the 2019 flood and a record-breaking winter snowstorm. Mayor Bynum also continues to seek justice and truth through the on-going search for victims of the 1921 Race Massacre in Tulsa’s Greenwood community.

In a career engrained in public service, Bynum has worked in the United States Senate for two Oklahoma Senators and served eight years as a Tulsa City Councilor prior to his election for mayor. As a native Tulsan, Bynum and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of Robert and Annabel – the sixth generation of the Bynums to call Tulsa home. 

Deborah leads the Anchor Economy initiative at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank. This high priority initiative explores the impact “eds and meds” have on their regional economies. Through research and practitioner partnerships, the Anchor Economy initiative advances the goal of creating equitable economic opportunity in communities.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve in June 2021, Deborah led the nonprofit organization, Campus Philly, the national model for college student engagement and retention in cities.  Deborah expanded Campus Philly’s partnerships, programs, and student retention impact and consulted with cities across the country on launching similar talent retention initiatives. She has led projects for Richmond, Rochester, Tulsa, Norfolk and Hartford, among others, helping those cities create programs to engage and retain their college students.

With her co-founder, Cecelia Thompson from Action Greensboro, Deborah created Young Smart and Local, a national learning network of more than 50 cities that share best practices, build connection and improve strategies for talent cultivation and retention in cities.

Deborah started her career as an academic, receiving her PhD in political science from the University of Chicago, followed by a Mellon Post-Doctoral fellowship in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University and teaching at Bryn Mawr College, where she received her undergraduate degree. The focus of her academic work was in political philosophy, specifically on the question of how much we need to have in common in order to tolerate our differences.

Patience is Vice President, Brand & Digital Strategy at DCI, where she specializes in bringing destination brands to life in digital spaces. She has spearheaded more than a dozen economic development, tourism and talent attraction brands and websites designed to drive leads, visitation and relocation. Patience also serves as co-chair of DCI’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) initiative.

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina elected Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., as the eleventh Chancellor of UNC Greensboro (UNCG) on May 22, 2015. Chancellor Gilliam brings to UNCG and the UNC System a wealth of experience from a career that spans more than 30 years in higher education. He took office on September 8, 2015.

During his tenure, UNCG has surpassed a record 20,000 students; grown its endowment, research enterprise, and overall facilities and campus infrastructure; significantly increased its fundraising; and elevated the presence, reputation, and real-world impact of the largest university in the North Carolina Triad region.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Gilliam served as Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for seven years and was a longtime UCLA Professor of Public Policy and Political Science. His research focused on strategic communications, public policy, electoral politics, and racial and ethnic politics.


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Lucas is the former President of Pride Media and led LGBTQ brands The Advocate, Out magazine, PRIDE.com, Out Traveler, Chill magazine and Plus magazine. Grindley was also editor in chief of The Advocate, the longest running LGBTQ magazine in the country. In both 2016 and 2018, NLGJA honored Grindley as “LGBT Journalist of the Year” with its Sarah Pettit Memorial Award. From 2008 through 2011, he was managing editor for online at National Journal magazine, covering politics and policymaking in Washington, D.C. He now lives in Philadelphia with his husband and twin daughters. He also serves on the board of directors for Extraordinary Families, a nonprofit helping create more families like his through foster-adoption. Follow him on Twitter @lucasgrindley.

Patrick T. Harker took office on July 1, 2015, as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He was reappointed for his second five-year term effective March 1, 2021. In this role, Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation’s monetary policy.

As an engineer by training, Harker has continued to apply his research and receive patents throughout his career. He considers the effect of automation on the labor force as “the perfect intersection” of engineering and economics. Other technological influences, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, are also playing a part in the Third District’s and the nation’s economy. By focusing on economic mobility, one of the Bank’s research priorities, the Bank’s researchers are looking for ways to create sustained, inclusive growth through practical applications. Targeting such research to the employment field can help workers, communities, and industries plan for inevitable disruptions by connecting workers to training programs while encouraging discussions on the skills that are vital to a constantly changing market.

Before taking office at the Philadelphia Fed, Harker was the 26th president of the University of Delaware. He was also a professor of business administration at the university’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the College of Engineering.

Before joining the University of Delaware in 2007, Harker was dean and Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to being appointed dean in 2000, Harker was the Wharton School’s interim dean and deputy dean as well as the chair of its Operations and Information Management Department. In 1991, he was the youngest faculty member in Wharton’s history to be awarded an endowed professorship as UPS Transportation Professor of the Private Sector. He has published/edited nine books and more than 100 professional articles. From 1996 to 1999, he served as editor-in-chief of the journal Operations Research.

In 2012, Harker was named a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He was also named a White House fellow by President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and was a special assistant to FBI Director William S. Sessions from 1991 to 1992.

Harker is a board member of both the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and its Select Greater Philadelphia Council. He is also a board member at the Science Center in Philadelphia. Previously, he was on the boards of Catholic Relief Services, Pepco Holdings, Inc., and Huntsman Corporation and was a founding member of the board of advisors for Decision Lens, Inc. He was also a nonbanking Class B director of the Philadelphia Fed from 2012 to 2015. Harker has a Ph.D. in civil and urban engineering, an M.A. in economics, and an M.S.E. and B.S.E. in civil engineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania.

Allie is Manager, Talent Attraction at DCI, where she serves as a specialist on talent attraction trends, research and strategies. In this role, she manages a broad away of branding, messaging and marketing strategies for talent attraction clients across the country.

Allie graduated from Penn State University, where she majored in Public Relations with minors in international studies and communication arts and sciences.

Brandon Oldham serves as a Senior Program Officer on the Vibrant and Inclusive Tulsa team working at the intersection of economic and community development. Prior to joining the foundation, Brandon served the City of Tulsa as the Mayoral Aide to Mayor G.T. Bynum. He is a first generation college graduate and member of Leadership Tulsa and Oklahoma. Brandon is a self-diagnosed and self-medicating sneakerhead who loves spending time with his wife and daughter.

Cecelia Thompson serves as Executive Director of Action Greensboro.  Action Greensboro, together with the Chamber of Commerce, serves as the city’s primary economic and community development agency. Formed in 2001, Action Greensboro is a collaborative effort of six local charitable foundations working to leverage local philanthropic impact. In collaboration with business, higher education, and municipal government, Action Greensboro works to strengthen Greensboro’s economy and ensure the continuation of its excellent quality of life. In her role, Thompson leads a variety of efforts from talent and workforce development, K-20 education, urban livability, advocacy campaigns and city marketing efforts. Thompson is a native of Gainesville, FL and holds a BA from Elon University in sociology, political science and public administration.

A long-time Greensboro civic leader, Nancy Vaughan is a tireless grassroots organizer dedicated to building stronger neighborhoods for the betterment of the community at large. The emphasis in both her private and public lives has always been on economic development and public safety.

In 1997, Nancy was elected to the Greensboro City Council from District 4. After serving two terms on City Council, she retired from governmental service in 2001. She then ran successfully for a third term in 2009 and continued to serve as an At-Large representative until 2013. Nancy entered the race for mayor in 2013 on the platform of the “vision to change Greensboro and the honesty to do it right.”

Key areas of focus for the mayor now are economic development, public safety, and enhanced infrastructure, as well as governmental honesty, integrity and accountability.

Always a champion for the under-represented, the mayor continues working for your family, your future and you.