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Meet Our Affordable Housing in the Innovation District Panel!

Kim Cooper-Hart began practicing urban planning in 2003 at the City of Oklahoma City Planning Department and is currently the program Manager for the City’s Commercial District Revitalization Program. Kim brings a wealth of experience to this new program from her work with neighborhoods, business improvement districts, and capital improvements planning –which is a rather dry term for placemaking.

The City’s program under her leadership works with 15 distinct areas and organizations to bring local community and commerce together. In addition to her work in the public-private partnership arena, Kim is well versed in sustainability planning, having served as Project Manager for the American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team for OKC, and as the initial program coordinator for the City’s Brownfield
Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund.

Shannon Entz is a Program Planner at the City of Oklahoma City Planning Department where she manages the city’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative. With more than 22 years in urban planning and project management, she specializes in neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, community engagement, placemaking and public/private partnerships. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and a member of the American Planning Association and the Congress of New Urbanism.

Since 2012, the SNI program has utilized a targeted and holistic approach to revitalization by engaging three neighborhood associations and dozens of local partners that has resulted in more than $14 million dollars of private investment and a 48 percent reduction in crime. The SNI program received awards from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Sheryl Lovelady is Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Housing Services Redevelopment Corporation. Also known as Positively Paseo, this non-profit housing development organization works to revitalize urban neighborhoods and provide affordable homeownership opportunities. She also directs an education non-profit that focuses on expanded learning opportunities for children in Oklahoma City’s urban core.

Sheryl spent over two decades in politics and public policy at the state and national levels. Most recently, she served as Director of Communications for the City of Tulsa, and as Director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the University of Oklahoma. She bought her first investment house over thirty years ago and has been feeding her passion for buying, building and renovating homes ever since.

Lovelady is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Leadership Academy and the United States Department of Defense JCOC leadership program. She is past president of the Gordon Cooper Technology Center Foundation and serves on the advisory board of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Tulsa’s John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation and is a commissioner for the Oklahoma Judicial Compensation Commission.

Nikki is a true product of Northeast Oklahoma City. She was born on the Eastside, attended Millwood Public Schools until transferring to, and graduating from, Northeast High School. After graduating from Langston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Nikki returned to Ward 7 to launch her career. As a member of Perry Publishing and Broadcasting, Nikki has been a fresh voice entertaining and informing listeners for more than a decade.

Nikki has been an active participant in Ward 7. When not on the air or television, Nikki spends her time reading with local youth at Ralph Ellison Library, volunteering with the Northeast High School PTA, as well as participating on numerous boards and committees within the community. Nikki knows Ward 7 and wants to take her strong voice to City Hall.

“This is my community and I want to make sure our concerns are not only heard, but spark action.”

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