The Tulsa Regional Chamber announced the promotion of Elizabeth Osburn to the role of senior vice president of government affairs. Osburn joined the Chamber in 2015 as vice president of government affairs, bringing more than a decade of experience in public policy and government relations. Osburn succeeds Nick Doctor, who departed the role in November to become the chief of community development and policy for Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum.
In her new role, Osburn will be responsible for leading the Chamber’s policy and advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels of government. Chief among these, Osburn will champion the OneVoice Regional Legislative Agenda, now in its tenth year. This advocacy initiative unites more than 70 northeast Oklahoma organizations around a shared set of legislative priorities, to be announced in full Feb. 3. Osburn’s additional responsibilities will include oversight of the Chamber’s political action committees – OklahomaBizPAC and TulsaBizPAC – as well as managing the Chamber’s Energy Council. She will also help implement strategies to increase voter engagement and participation across the Tulsa region.
“We are thrilled to have Elizabeth leading our efforts to ensure pro-business public policy,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “The Chamber plays a crucial role in ensuring the economic prosperity of our region and state. With Elizabeth’s leadership, our member companies and regional partners will continue to have a strong legislative voice.”
Before joining the Chamber, Osburn served as government affairs director for the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors. Prior, she was a long-time staffer to former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, serving as a policy advisor in Washington and correspondence director in Oklahoma. In addition to her years as a congressional staffer, Osburn worked in California at the Pacific Research Institute, a free-market economic think tank. She has also worked on several national political campaigns throughout her career. A native Tulsan, Osburn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma.
The Chamber also announced the promotion of Zack Stoycoff to succeed Osburn as vice president of government affairs. Stoycoff joined the Chamber in 2013 as a communications manager. He most recently served as government affairs director, specializing in education, health care and local municipal policy. Prior to his Chamber work, Stoycoff was a Tulsa World staff writer covering Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Bixby city government. He is a graduate of Rogers State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at OU-Tulsa.
“Zack has been an outstanding contributor to Chamber efforts in both communications and government affairs,” said Neal. “We are excited to see him advance into this larger role, and the timing could not be better as we head into the next legislative session. I’m confident the team of Elizabeth and Zack will lead our regional advocacy efforts in a powerful way.”