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Jennifer Hankins

Chief of Strategic Partnerships

Jennifer is a fierce advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship in the heartland of America, with extensive experience working in Tulsa and the wider region on economic development initiatives.

She is responsible for TIL’s corporate and university engagement, stakeholder relations, and governance and advisory bodies.

Prior to joining TIL, Jennifer served in the economic development division of the Tulsa Regional Chamber as vice president of entrepreneurship and small business. In this capacity, she worked with area partners to help grow the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, assisting local startups and small businesses remove barriers to growth and managing the Chamber’s business incubator for high-growth startups, The Forge.

Jennifer also managed business retention and expansion efforts at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She worked with companies of all sizes throughout the region and assisted them with expansion efforts.

She also worked in the Kansas City region for the Wyandotte Economic Development Council in investor relations and for Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph in development.

Originally from Kansas City, MO, Jennifer completed her undergraduate studies at Oklahoma State University and earned a certificate from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

She serves as vice president of the board of directors for 36 Degrees North.