We are delighted to welcome Dan Boren as the incoming Chairman of The Oklahoma Academy Board of Directors. Dan has been an Academy member for several years beginning when he was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He has served on the board for three years.
Dan brings an eagerness and energy to the position and believes totally in the Academy’s mission of engaging and listening to the people. As 2016 Chair-Elect, Dan traveled to several communities with 2016 Chairman John Harper, CEO Julie Knutson, and others sharing the priority recommendations from the 2015 Town Hall addressing the Oklahoma Budget, priorities, and revenue enhancing ideas. Dan recognizes the uniqueness of The Oklahoma Academy and its obligation to stay true to its goals of bringing the issues to the people, and working through civil discourse and consensus to bring the soundest recommendations addressing the major public policy issues to the forefront.
He will officially begin his year at the Academy’s helm on January 13, 2017 when John Harper turns the gavel over to him during the Board of Directors’ meeting.
Here’s a little bit of information about Dan:
Dan Boren is the President of Corporate Development for the Chickasaw Nation. Based in Oklahoma, Dan helps to drive the Nation’s business diversification strategy. In his capacity, Dan serves on numerous boards within the Nation that cut across the technology, health, financial services and energy sectors.
Before joining the Nation, Dan represented Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms before retiring in 2013.
While in Congress, Dan played a leadership role on Native American issues, serving as the Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Indian Affairs. Dan helped shape key national economic recovery policies as a member of the House Financial Services Committee. Dan also served on the House Armed Services Committee and House Select Committee on Intelligence and earned a reputation for being able to work with members of both parties to pass laws that strengthened U.S. defense and national security.
Before election to Congress in 2004, Dan served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was the first freshman state lawmaker ever to be elected as Caucus Chairman.
Dan continues to find ways to contribute to his community. He currently serves on the boards of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, National Rifle Association, FATE (Fighting Addiction Through Education), Joe Foss Institute, Seminole State College Educational Foundation, OU Children’s Hospital Foundation, Ekso Bionics, Grisso Mansion of the Seminole Nation, Otologic, IBC Bank, Canterbury Voices, The Oklahoma Academy, OKC Boathouse Foundation, Domestic Energy Producers Alliance and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Dan earned his B.S. in Economics at Texas Christian University and a M.B.A. in International Business from the University of Oklahoma. Dan currently resides in Edmond, OK with his wife, Andrea, and their two children, Janna and Hunter.