Jane Jenkins, whose leadership has helped revitalize Oklahoma City’s downtown, has announced she will retire as President and CEO of the Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership in early 2023.
Jane has been the driving force behind the team at Downtown OKC Partnership. She has overseen the Downtown Business Improvement District’s for the past 14 years and has served as an advocate on behalf of downtown stakeholders including OKC Streetcar Committee, Automobile Alley Pedestrian Safety Task Force, Railroad Quiet Zone, Bricktown mid-block crossing and more.
“Jane Jenkins has led this critical organization through downtown’s full return as the city’s beating heart,” said Mayor David Holt. “Behind the scenes and in the spotlight, she guided significant initiatives and fully capitalized on the community’s downtown investments. All one has to do to recognize Jane’s legacy is walk downtown’s lively streets in December and marvel at energy we haven’t seen since the 1950s. She leaves our downtown much better than she found it, and poised for new, exciting chapters.”
“Jane has been instrumental in creating the vibrant downtown Oklahoma City has today,” said Cathy O’Connor, Founder of COalign Group. “As new developments have taken place downtown, Jane and the Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership have never failed to step up to create new events, maintain new features like the Project 180 streetscapes and make sure downtown is safe and clean. I believe under Jane’s leadership downtown Oklahoma City has become one of the premier downtowns in the United States.”
With over 36 years of experience in downtown management and creating vibrant places, Jenkins plans to continue working part-time as a consultant to help communities. Jane was recently recognized by her urban place management peers during the International Downtown Association as a 2022 Inspired Leader Award recipient.
Downtown OKC Partnership will announce who will step into the position of President and CEO in the coming weeks. For more information about Downtown OKC Partnership, visit DowntownOKC.com.