As president and CEO of Oklahoma City’s Innovation District, Katy Boren spearheads the creation and development of the emerging district and is focused on creating a vibrant, fully-integrated community where people can live, work and play. Her goal is to develop collaboration between Oklahoma’s diverse sectors – health, energy, aerospace, tech, art and others – to foster new opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Denver, Boren pursued a law degree at the University of Oklahoma. After graduating, she served a one-year courtship for the Arizona Superior Court before returning to Oklahoma. Boren has practiced oil and gas litigation, served as the vice president of regulatory affairs for Cox Communications for the eastern half of the country, owned her own law firm and spent time as the chief of the Utilities Regulation Unit for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office.
An Oklahoma native, Boren is passionate about supporting nonprofits in Oklahoma City and has served on several boards. In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for over a decade, she was a member of the YWCA Board of Directors and the Oklahoma City Community Literacy Centers Board of Directors. Boren currently serves on the Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership Board of Directors and NEOKC Renaissance Board of Directors. She has been recognized as one of Oklahoma’s Ladies in the News, a Rising Star of Oklahoma and one of the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year – Fifty Make a Difference honorees. She lives in Oklahoma City with her two daughters, Stella (11) and Tess (9).