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True Tulsa: Deputy Mayor Amy Brown helps her city thrive

Deputy Mayor Amy Brown attended The University of Tulsa, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2010 and a law degree in 2017.

Tulsa’s deputy mayor, Amy Brown, decided to attend law school while she was a city council aide for Mayor G.T Bynum, who at the time served as a city councilor for Tulsa’s ninth district. “I very deliberately decided to go to law school, and knew I wanted to be at the University of Tulsa,” said Brown. “The primary reason for choosing TU was because I wanted to invest in this community.”

“Tulsa and TU are special,” said Brown. “It comes down to relationships — you really get to know your professors, you get to know your classmates, you’re invested in one another’s shared success.”

Rising up 

Before her time working for the city council, Brown served as an aide for former Mayor Kathy Taylor. Bynum was elected mayor in 2016, and Brown was named his deputy chief of staff when he took office. She was appointed deputy mayor in January 2019.

Brown’s responsibilities as deputy mayor include overseeing the city’s administrative and public safety support divisions, chairing the pension board, re-launching the city’s Small Business Enterprise program and serving as the mayor’s liaison to veterans.

The team 

The mayor’s management team and staff are composed of 11 members, eight of whom are women. “Hands down, my favorite thing about being deputy mayor is the team that I get to work with,” said Brown. “Our team, just within the mayor’s office, is full of people who are not only incredibly intelligent but also passionate about serving the community and making Tulsa the best city that it can be.”

Celebrating women in leadership

March is Women’s History Month. It is dedicated to honoring women’s historical achievements and inspiring the next generation of women. The evolution of this celebration, from a single day to an entire month, acknowledges the work of activists determined to fight for equality. Brown highlights a similar evolution in Tulsa, where women are striving and thriving in the workplace, from leading corporations and nonprofits to help run the city.

I have always admired former Mayor [Kathy] Taylor because she has always given other women a hand up,” said Brown. Taylor was elected the 38th mayor of Tulsa in 2006. She was the city’s second female mayor, after Susan Savage. “Kathy has done, and continues to do, incredible things through the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, Impact Tulsa and Mother Road Market,” Brown said; “she’s really changing the opportunities for women to lead in Tulsa.”

TU Law received the Lobeck Taylor Community Advocacy Clinic from Bill Lobeck and Kathy Taylor. The clinic focuses on vulnerable women and their families, with TU law students providing free legal services.

True Blue

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Brown explained what True Blue means to her: “To me, being true blue means using your talents and education to serve others. I am fortunate to have received the education I did from TU, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to repay some of that through public service.”

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