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Contact Our Economic Development Team

The Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity is eager to assist you and your project as you seek to invest in Tulsa. Below is an overview of our team.

Kian KamasExecutive Director
kkamas@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 596-7696

Kian serves as Executive Director for the Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity, and previously as the Chief of Economic Development under Mayor G.T. Bynum and the City of Tulsa. In this role, she is responsible for directly managing a team that focuses on managing and developing tools and programs crucial to successful economic development, and supporting existing industry, new businesses, and developers seeking to invest in Tulsa. In addition to this, she is responsible for oversight of the Development Services Department. She is currently at the forefront of innovation in organizational strategy for economic development. Prior to joining the Mayor's team in August 2017, Kamas served as Vice President of Economic Development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, where she led new business attraction efforts for the region. She holds a Bachelor's in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma, a Master's in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and completed the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute program. She spends her free time chasing her toddler son Leith around, hunting vintage furniture with her husband, and eating at her favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants (or at least she did in a pre-COVID world). She currently serves as a board member for Tulsa Honor Academy and previously served as a board member and Chair of the Tulsa Health Department.

Michelle Barnett – Senior Vice President of Economic & Workforce Development
mbarnett@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 596-7457

Michelle Barnett is a Professional Engineer and Certified Economic Development Finance Professional. From an initial start in process engineering, she continued her career in Operations Management and as co-owner of a residential construction firm. At TAEO and previously with the City of Tulsa, she leads a team dedicated to business attraction, retention and expansion for a range of businesses, from local startups to multi-nationals. Her team is also responsible for permitting, infrastructure and inspection coordination, land development, and inter-agency workforce efforts. She currently serves on the board for Crossover Community Impact, a nonprofit dedicated to improving health, education, and economic mobility in North Tulsa. 

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

Mike Dickerson serves as TAEO's Controller and brings with him nearly two decades of successful municipal experience in a broad range of areas. He actively supports the development and monitoring of all financial aspects of the Tulsa Authority of Economic Opportunity and is a firm believer in the power of leveraging data to support and guide impactful initiatives. 

Kristin Maun – Director of Housing Development & Incentives
kmaun@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 576-5569

Kristin is a native Tulsan who returned home after practicing law in Kansas to work on the City's Affordable Housing Strategy. She is passionate about housing policy and working with partners to create quality, affordable housing opportunities for all Tulsans. 

Nia James – Director of Real Estate & Asset Management
njames@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 576-5565

Nia is the Director of Real Estate and Asset Management, where she is responsible for the administration, supervision, and coordination of the management of real property assets for TAEO. In this role, Nia manages and oversees leasing and service agreements, while providing land management, acquisition, and disposition services. Prior to joining TAEO, Nia had over 12 years' experience managing commercial office and industrial properties where financial forecasts, property inspections and leasing duties were essential to the success of the assets. Nia holds an Oklahoma Real Estate license, designated as a Real Property Administrator (RPA), as well as a LEED Green Associate. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter. 

Spencer Mitchell – Director of Economic Incentives
smitchell@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 576-5561

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. Spencer obtained his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University and worked for the City of Tulsa for the past three years. In his spare time, Spencer enjoys cycling with family and friends, hiking, and spending time with his two dogs.

Wyatt Donnelly-Landolt – Director of Small Business & Entrepreneurship
wdonnelly@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 576-5577

Wyatt joined the City of Tulsa after moving from San Francisco and is thrilled to focus on supporting local entrepreneurs and small business owners. Previously, he served as the Economic Development Finance Manager for the Port of San Francisco, where he led the public finance efforts on two mixed-use developments of new neighborhoods along the waterfront. Wyatt has also worked as the Chief of Staff to a San Francisco Supervisor, budget analyst in the New York Mayor's Office of Management and Budget, and a policy and budget analyst for the San Francisco City Administrator. He started his career with Teach for America in Oklahoma City, where he taught physics at Douglass High School and met his wife. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, urban hikes with his dog, and reading books of all types.  

Demauri Myers – Neighborhood Revitalization Manager
demauri@tulsadevelopmentauthority.org | (918)-576-5544

Demauri is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and his previous experiences include three years in the automotive industry and one year in Information Technology. Demauri holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics & Finance from Langston University, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Leadership & Organizational Development from Oklahoma Christian University.

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

Ashley Chaney is the Business Liaison Services Manager with TAEO where she facilitates good working relationships between the TAEO, the City of Tulsa, and the developer community. With nearly a decade of experience with the City and having held positions in both Engineering and Development Services, Ashley can help navigate customers through the permitting process and address potential roadblocks in the development process. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a Master of Business Administration. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Rachel Strassberger - Office Manager & SBE Administrator
rstrassberger@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 576-5681

Rachel is the Office Manager & SBE Administrator. She has worked for the City for close to 9 years, working in Development Services, Human Rights and City Council before joining Economic Development in 2019. She grew up in midtown Tulsa going through the Spanish Immersion program and continuing Spanish courses through college. Prior to joining the City. she worked in manufacturing, legal and nonprofit entities honing her administrative and event planning skills. She enjoys taking her niece and nephews to local museums and parks, introducing them to the cool places she grew up with. Pre-Covid, she attended concerts at Cain's and BOK Center and meeting friends at the local breweries and restaurants. 

Iesha Youngblood-Blakely – Executive Assistant & Board Secretary
iyoungblood@cityoftulsa.org | (918596-1883

Iesha Youngblood-Blakely is an Executive Assistant and Board Secretary for TAEO. Working for the City for the last 7 years has been a great experience starting in Engineering Services, then Asset Management before arriving in the Mayor's Office of Economic Development. Iesha has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Langston University. She is married with four wonderful kids and enjoys spending time with her family on vacation. While working with the City, she became the Secretary for the Tulsa Parking Authority, Economic Development Commission, and Tulsa Industrial Authority. Iesha has always been intrigued by economic development, and it's been a very exciting and educational opportunity working on the TAEO team.

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

Austin is from Central Virginia and moved to Tulsa in 2019 after receiving his Bachelor's of Arts in Public Policy from the College of William & Mary. He has previous experience working in rural economic development and planning organizations, as well as internships with the Bank of America and the YMCA of Greater Richmond. In his free time he enjoys working on his golf game, exploring the depths of terribly obscure music, fiddling with Ableton, and convincing his friends that living in Tulsa is far greater than Washington D.C. 

Simone Downs – Community Development Specialist
sdowns@cityoftulsa.org | (918) 576-5566

Simone moved to Tulsa in 2020 after earning a degree in Public Policy. Back home on the east coast, her work focused on increasing access to food, justice, and education. She is excited to now be working towards expanding access to housing for all Tulsans.

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