Elizabeth Gray is the Executive Director of the Civic Center Foundation. She was appointed to the Foundation Board of Directors by Mayor Cornett in 2012 and transitioned to Executive Director in 2015. Prior to the Civic Center Foundation, she was the Director of Corporate Operations for Walters Power International, an Oklahoma based power development company. An Industrial Engineering graduate from the University of Oklahoma, she has vast business and international experience on site in Pakistan and the United Kingdom. She was the co-manager of a series of standby power generation projects in the United Kingdom from 2010-2014. Her work has ranged from renewable, small-scale standby to large-scale gas turbine base load plants. She also has a background in commercial real estate acquisition, financing, budgeting, management and leasing as the former lead manager of a 500,000 square foot office portfolio. In addition to her role as the Executive Director, she also oversees the annual OKC Broadway Series presented at the Civic Center Music Hall in partnership with The Nederlander Organization. Elizabeth is a 2012 award recipient of ‘okcBiz’s Forty under 40’ and a 2012 award recipient of ‘NextGen’s 30 under 30’ which recognizes the next generation of innovative, creative and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries beyond their years. Elizabeth is looking forward to joining The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Board of Directors in 2018. Elizabeth resides in Oklahoma City with her husband, Michael.
A fifth-generation Oklahoman, Julia Kirt serves as the Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts. Her organization works with the state legislature and municipalities to support public investments in culture and arts education. She joined the statewide advocacy organization in 2014. For the previous 15 years, Kirt led the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, helping artists around Oklahoma realize their potential through funding and business skills.
Julia lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Nathan Guilford, and their children, Roger (age 10) and Lila (age 6). She’s active at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, including teaching Sunday School for teenagers, and a volunteer leader her children’s school, Cleveland Elementary in OKC.
Kirt received a Governor’s Arts Award in 2014. She graduated from Leadership OKC Class XXI, Salt & Light Leadership Training Class 6 and the Stanford Graduate College of Business Social Innovation Fellow program. Among other community leadership, she serves as a Board Member for the Downtown Strategic Initiatives and Council Member for the Americans for the Arts.
She earned Bachelors of Arts from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN and Masters of Arts in Art History at the University of Oklahoma.