Karen Keith2021 Campaign Co-Chair
Karen Keith is serving her fourth term as Tulsa County Commissioner for District 2 and was first elected in 2008. Some of the projects she is most proud of include efforts to rebuild the Tulsa/West Tulsa Levee system. The project is currently entering the pre-engineering and design phase. And, after years of planning and broad support for the project, construction of the Gilcrease Expressway is well underway with a Fall 2022 completion date. Lastly, the design and location of a new building for the OSU Extension is also underway and Keith is excited to see this project come to fruition.
Keith grew up in Muskogee where she was active in 4-H and graduated from Muskogee High School in 1972. She put herself through college with scholarships and a variety of jobs and graduated in 1976 from Oklahoma State University with a degree in radio, TV-news and public affairs. Keith worked 26 years in broadcasting with 21 years at KJRH as an anchor, reporter and executive producer and host of “Oklahoma Living.”
In 2002, Keith became Director of Community Relations and Vision implementation for Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune. Following her service at City Hall, Keith worked for the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Partnership Development for the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Active in civic affairs, Keith served in 2013-2014 as the 100th president of the Rotary Club of Tulsa. She currently serves as the Governor’s appointee to the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors, the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation, the OKPOP Foundation and the Tulsa Arvest Board of Directors. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XX, the Oklahoma Academy and the Chambers of Commerce in Tulsa, Jenks, Sand Springs and Southwest Tulsa. She is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Tulsa. She has also been involved in the Brookside Business Association for many years.
Keith is married to Patrick Malloy, a Tulsa attorney. They are proud to share their lives with Gulnara Taragachova and her daughter Samaya who live in the Netherlands.