The Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative was recently formed to help strengthen the state’s business community on education issues and help better prepare students for employment opportunities.
This week, Jennifer Monies was hired as executive director, a media release confirmed. The foundation is led by a board of business leaders, including Scott Meacham, former state treasurer and president and CEO of i2E, and Steven D. Hendrickson, director of government operations for The Boeing Company.
Monies also is the press secretary and senior advisor to Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and was previously senior vice president of communications and marketing for the State Chamber. She is finishing her masters degree in public administration at the University of Central Oklahoma.
“She knows the political challenges we face as a state in the education reform arena and knows the importance of coalition-building within the business community to demand change,” said Hendrickson, who is president of the foundation’s board.
Monies began her job on July 7.
The State Chamber of Oklahoma represents more than 1,000 state businesses and 350,000 employees.