Lori M. Brooks has built a career around mentoring young writers, designers, editors, marketers, and digital content creators. She and her team develop and implement Oklahoma Contemporary’s digital content, public relations, brand and advertising strategies to enhance the reputation, broaden awareness and increase the visibility of Oklahoma Contemporary as it takes its place on the national stage.
Lori has a background in higher education, public relations, marketing and journalism. Her resume includes The Albuquerque Tribune and The Seattle Times, director of communications for a college at the University of Oklahoma and work with collegiate journalists and media professionals nationwide. As associate executive director of College Media Association, Lori planned and executed marketing, branding, public relations, awards and events for the organization, including management of two national conventions, workshops and other educational opportunities.
Lori served as associate director and features adviser at OU Student Media, where she oversaw features publications and students. Her staffs created the top-ranked Sooner yearbook and multiple niche products for a variety of audiences. She also handled Student Media's recruiting, outreach and communication and managed much of the department's strategic planning.
An experienced leader in strategic communications and nonprofit administration, Lori has a depth and breadth of skills in print, online and social media as well as brand management. She is a born storyteller – who has taught brand storytelling workshops at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference and for Americans for the Arts – known for keen attention to style and detail.
Lori volunteers with Lyric Theater, Other Options Food Pantry and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. She is a first-generation college graduate who holds a bachelor’s degree in news communication from OU.
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