Mayor G.T. Bynum announced Ashley Philippsen will serve as the Deputy Chief of Community Development & Policy for the City of Tulsa beginning Jan. 2, 2019.
Philippsen will provide dedicated City support for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and work closely with the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to implement key initiatives within the Resilient Tulsa strategy and help guide future developments for North Tulsa.
Philippsen currently serves as the Executive Director for the Met Cares Foundation, and previously worked for Leadership Tulsa, helping to develop the next generation of North Tulsa leaders through their Lead North program.
“Ashley Philippsen is a deeply talented, trusted and thoughtful leader. I have great admiration for her work at the Met Cares Foundation, and am excited for her to bring the same spirit that leads their work to our team at the City of Tulsa,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “Ashley’s insight and expertise will be invaluable as we seek to implement the Resilient Tulsa strategy, encourage community-led growth in North Tulsa, and deliver on the goals of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with her on this important work moving forward.”
Philippsen will report to Nick Doctor and will have an active role in identifying and implementing the needs and desired outcomes of the North Tulsa community.
“One of our team’s core objectives is to address issues of historical discrimination and persistent inequity through community development. Creating meaningful opportunities for Black Tulsans and ensuring that North Tulsa’s development is primarily guided by North Tulsans are essential to meeting that goal,” said Nick Doctor, Chief of Community Development & Policy. “Mayor Bynum could not have made a better selection than Ashley Philippsen, whose reputation of leading with integrity and inclusiveness make her the ideal addition to our team.”
Philippsen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Letters and a Master’s in Organizational Development and Social Justice from the University of Oklahoma.
"The work we are doing at Met Cares is significantly transforming the social and academic outcomes of students in North Tulsa and I look forward to expanding this work in my new role at the City of Tulsa. One way to continue this work is to ensure students and families live and work in a thriving community. I am grateful to Met Cares Foundation and Pastor Owens for their confidence and support in this transition, and I want to thank Mayor Bynum for this opportunity to continue to serve North Tulsa,” Philippsen said.