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Office of Resilience & Equity Focusing on Creating a More Equitable Tulsa

This article was archived on 9/2/2018

July 19, 2018 - As Tulsa is working toward growing a more equitable and resilient future for all Tulsans, Mayor G.T. Bynum announced Arielle Davis, Angenette DeBose and LaKendra Carter will join Chief Resilience Officer DeVon Douglass in the newly formed Mayor’s Office of Resilience & Equity.

“The Office of Resilience & Equity will proactively focus on addressing the great moral issue of our time in Tulsa: racial disparity,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “This Office will be responsible for coordinating implementation of the 41 actions from our Resilient Tulsa Strategy, providing the citizens of Tulsa with a talented team who come to work every day focused on making this the best city it can be for every Tulsan.”

Created through a reorganization of the former Human Rights Department, the Office of Resilience & Equity will be responsible for implementing the Resilient Tulsa Strategy, tracking human rights complaints and staffing the human rights commissions while using the Equality Indicators Report to guide Tulsa’s progress in addressing racial disparity.

"With the creation of the Mayor's Office of Resilience and Equity we have a talented and committed staff to execute the actions in the Resilience Strategy,” DeVon Douglass, Chief Resilience Officer said. “Angenette, LaKendra, and Arielle are brilliant in their own right, and I look forward to making Resilient Tulsa a reality with this team."

Office of Resilience & Equity

Arielle Davis, Title 5 Commissions Coordinator

Davis will be responsible for the coordination and support of all Title 5 Commissions, including the Human Rights Commission, Greater Tulsa Area African-American Affairs Commission, Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission, Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Prior to her new role, Davis held jobs in the City’s Development Services Department and at Rogers State University as the Assistant Music Director for RSU Radio. Davis is very involved with volunteer work and community involvement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Rogers State University.

Angenette DeBose, Resilience Program Manager

DeBose will help with the implementation of the Resilient Tulsa Strategy and convene and coordinate with community stakeholders to address resilience challenges while building support initiatives that help the City become more resilient.

DeBose has worked for the City of Tulsa for over 15 years in various roles - most recently, in the Engineering Services Department. DeBose has lived in Tulsa for the majority of her life and said she is excited about this new opportunity because she cares about the future of Tulsa and building one community for all. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Langston University.

LaKendra Carter, Compliance Officer

Carter will ensure organizational compliance with relevant laws and regulations related to City operations, capital projects and partnerships related to Title 5 through on-site monitoring and meetings. She will also provide technical support and outreach to the certified Small Business Enterprise Program (SBE) and prime contractors for the City.

Carter has worked for the City of Tulsa for seven years as a Compliance Officer in the former Human Rights Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science in Management from Southern Nazarene University.