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Contact Our Economic Development Team

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is eager to assist you and your project as you seek to invest in Tulsa. Below is an overview of our team.

Kian KamasChief of Economic Development
kkamas@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 596-7696

Kian is a self-proclaimed Tulsa fanatic who loves helping others see the opportunity the city offers. Her background is in government and public policy, and she has spent the past 5 years convincing businesses and developers to invest in Tulsa and the surrounding region.

Michelle Barnett – Deputy Chief of Economic Development
mbarnett@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 596-7457

Michelle enjoys the opportunity that engaging with Tulsa’s business community provides to see people do their best work.  With over 20 years of experience in operational management and infrastructure development, she helps companies from startups to multi-nationals access resources both inside the city and externally with its many local partners.

Jim Coles – Director of Economic Development
jcoles@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 576-5664

Jim has a passion for innovation with a proven track record in coordinating, planning and implementing public-private partnerships of all sizes. Jim focuses primarily on public assistance to appropriate projects that move Tulsa in a positive direction. He is also the Executive Director for the Tulsa Industrial Authority.

Mike Dickerson – Senior Economist
mdickerson@cityoftulsa.org | (918576-5568

Mike Dickerson is an Oklahoma native with a passion for data. His background ranges from areas such as IT systems design and analytics to property insurance. A lifelong Sandite, he has been with the City of Tulsa for fifteen years.

Spencer Mitchell – Economic Incentives Manager
smitchell@cityoftulsa.org | (918576-5561

Spencer has lived in Tulsa for the past 10 years and truly believes it is a world-class city. He is passionate about using research and data analytics to solve difficult problems within the City of Tulsa.

Austin Britt – Economic Development Specialist
abritt@cityoftulsa.org | (918576-5402

Austin is a lifetime Virginia native who moved to Tulsa after graduating from the College of William & Mary in 2019. Having worked in economic development, planning, and nonprofit management in Virginia, he is passionate about supporting economic growth and investment by maximizing business development, retention, and expansion here in the City of Tulsa.

Rachel Strassberger - Senior Administrative Services Officer
rstrassberger@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 576-5681

Rachel is a lifelong citizen of Tulsa and has been with the City since 2012, working in Development Services, Human Rights, and Council Office. She brings almost 20 years of administrative support and is excited to work with the best team at the City.

Iesha Youngblood – Senior Administrative Assistant
iyoungblood@cityoftulsa.org | (918596-1883

Iesha has been with the City for 4 years and has worked in Engineering, Real Estate, and now the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Each department has been a great learning experience. She is excited about assisting in the new opportunities that the City of Tulsa has for the future.

Yuen Ho – Director of Development Services
yuenho@cityoftulsa.org | (918596-1865

Yuen pours his energy into your development and construction projects to avoid DIYs.

Ashley Chaney – Development Services Liaison
achaney@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 576-5527

Ashley is a lifelong resident of Tulsa and began her career with the City In May 2010. She has worked in multiple departments across the City, previously serving as the IDP Coordinator in Development Services. Ashley is humbled to be part of the team and excited to continue serving the development community.

Peyton Haralson – Administrator of Tulsa Parking Authority
pharalson@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 576-5565

Peyton is the purveyor of all things parking. With the exception of ventures into automobile recycling and railroad logistics, he has been in and around the parking industry for 26 years trying to convince the general population that parking is a good thing! 

General questions, comments, or concerns
econdev@cityoftulsa.org