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Governor Stitt Announces Jennifer Grigsby to Join Cabinet as Secretary of Economic Administration

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Governor Kevin Stitt announced today he has nominated Jennifer Grigsby to join his cabinet as the Secretary of Economic Administration. Grigsby will oversee more than 20 state agencies including the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Office of the State Treasurer, the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the State Auditor and Inspector, as an integral part of Governor Stitt’s goal to make Oklahoma a Top Ten state for business and deliver taxpayers more for their money.

“Jennifer Grigbsy will be an incredible asset to our team,” said Governor Stitt. “Her work ethic, drive for excellence and determination to move Oklahoma forward will have an immediate, positive impact and I am thrilled to welcome her to this new role.”

“I am honored to join Governor Stitt’s cabinet,” said Grigsby. “As a native Oklahoman and lifelong resident, I am passionate about the advancement of our state.  I look forward to serving the people of Oklahoma by applying my corporate leadership experience to make state government more efficient and work better for taxpayers.”

Grigsby’s nomination goes to the Senate for confirmation.


“Jennifer Grigsby has an impressive record of success in business and across various community endeavors. She brings passion to her work and a determination to make an impact. Jennifer is a collaborative and inclusive leader who will serve the state with distinction as Secretary of Economic Administration.” – V. Burns Hargis, President, Oklahoma State University

“Having worked with Jennifer over the past decade in both public and nonprofit entities, I can attest to her financial and leadership skills. She is a great addition to the Governor’s team as well as the agencies she will be assisting.” – Jerry Winchester, Executive Director, Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation

“I have known and worked with Jennifer Grigsby for 25 years and she is a skilled leader with an excellent work ethic and outstanding financial acumen. Jennifer received her graduate degree from Oklahoma City University and she exemplifies the qualities of servant leadership which are foundational principles that OCU strives to instill in all of our graduates.” – Martha Burger, President, Oklahoma City University


Jennifer M. Grigsby serves the board of directors of CrossFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ: CFB), a bank holding company headquartered in Leawood, Kansas. Grigsby has served as chair of both the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma State University Foundation, where she remains an Honorary Lifetime Trustee, and the board of directors of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. She also serves as chair of the board of directors of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and serves on the boards of directors of the United Way of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Grigsby is the recipient of numerous awards related to her service to Oklahoma State University and the central Oklahoma community.

Grigsby served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ascent Resources, LLC from 2015 until her retirement in 2020. Prior to her role at Ascent Resources, Grigsby spent almost 19 years with Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) and served in various executive roles including Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary and Senior Vice President – Corporate and Strategic Planning.

Grigsby received a BS degree in Accounting in 1991 from Oklahoma State University and her MBA from Oklahoma City University in 1999. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant and is a member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Grigsby is also National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship CertifiedTM. NACD Directorship Certified directors are committed to continuing education on emerging issues and to help elevate the profession of directorship. She and her husband, Steve, and sons, Reid and Jack, are avid Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma City Thunder fans.

Last Modified on Aug 13, 2021
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