Steve Hill, Chief of Staff
The Chief of Staff is the Mayor’s top aide. Steve Hill has served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor since 2010. He serves as the liaison to several communities, including the LGBTQ community, minority and faith communities, people with disabilities and others. He serves or has served as a board member on the Oklahoma City Arts Commission, the Oklahoma City Zoo Trust, the Central Oklahoma Parking and Transit Authority, Lake Atoka Reservation Association and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Project for Municipal Innovation at Harvard University, the President’s Council of Advisors for the University of Central Oklahoma and the advisory board of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. Before joining the City of Oklahoma City, Hill worked as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist; Director of Public Relations at two Dallas-based public relations firms; Director of North American Public Relations for Huawei; led internal communications efforts for JCPenney’s 200,000 employees; and served as Press Secretary to former Oklahoma Gov. David Walters. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
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J.D. Baker, Special Assistant to Mayor Holt
J.D. Baker serves as a Special Assistant to Mayor Holt. He is a fifth-generation Oklahoma City native who recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. During his time at OU, he was active in the university community and served as the student body president in 2017. He was recognized with the Glenn Snider Human Relations Award by the Oklahoma Education Association for his advocacy in mental health, disability concerns and LGTBQ issues. He also received the Clara Luper Department of African & African-American Studies Leadership Award. Along with his capacity in the Mayor’s office, J.D. serves as a trustee on the Lake Atoka Reservation Association and he is an active volunteer with the YMCA Youth In Government program.
Karen Fox, Executive Assistant
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Karen Fox has been Executive Assistant to the Mayor since 2012. She came to the Mayor’s Office from the Schnake Turnbo Frank public relations firm. She previously worked as Executive Assistant to Oklahoma State Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland. Fox is married with two sons. Her hobbies include cooking, exercise and she is a member of the OK City Chorus of Sweet Adelines. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Southern Nazarene University.
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