Director of Strategic Communications
Oklahoma Transportation Cabinet
In June 2021, Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz selected Jessica Brown to serve as Director of Strategic Communications for the Oklahoma Transportation Cabinet agencies, which include the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.
In this newly created position, Brown will engage in all aspects of public relations and marketing to unify the communications and messaging among the Transportation Cabinet. She will report directly to Secretary Gatz. The position was developed as an effort to modernize the cabinet and transportation services.
Most recently Brown served as Chief of Strategic Engagement at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections where she helped create a strong social media presence and developed numerous communications methods for agency staff and the public to ask questions of senior management, lead the development of promotional and informational videos for the agency’s website and social media platforms, and worked with state legislators to pass a decades-overdue bill giving correctional officers a significant pay raise, among many other accomplishments.
Prior to the ODOC Brown served as Public Information Director/Legislative Liaison at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation where she was the bureau’s spokesperson, worked with various media outlets, created a social media presence and worked with state legislators on critical laws that benefitted a variety of investigations.
While at the ODOC, Brown was awarded the Director’s Award of Excellence in 2019 for her help in coordinating the largest commutation in U.S. history in a record amount of time. This effort followed the passage of State Question 780, reducing certain felony drug and property crimes to misdemeanors affecting the sentences of thousands of inmates. At OSBI, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the Non-Commissioned Employee of the Year and the Tribute to Excellence Award.
She also worked more than a dozen years in the broadcast news industry in several markets, including Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Texarkana, Texas.
Brown earned a Master of Journalism from the University of North Texas, a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Texas A&M University and has completed more than 100 hours of continuing education while working in state government communications.
Mailing Address: Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Strategic Communications Division
200 N.E. 21st Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Location: Room 1-A1