Mary Melon - Co-Chair of Development

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President/CEO The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools - Oklahoma City, OK

Mary Mélon joined The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools as president/CEO in September 2014.  The Foundation’s mission is to advance excellence, create champions and build strong community support for lasting change in the Oklahoma City Public Schools.  Mélon believes in the future of Oklahoma City and strives to utilize her network and skills to align the Foundation with the OKC Public School District and the business community to provide not only hope for every student but the skills necessary to be productive members of the workforce and community.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Mélon had a nearly 20 -year career at The Journal Record Publishing Co.  She was named publisher in September 2001, and president & publisher in 2006.  Her position included oversight and leadership of a 58 member Oklahoma team, as well as corporate responsibilities as a member of the senior management corporate cabinet and group publisher of daily group operations that included five additional markets.

Community Involvement:

  • Graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XIX and member of the Board of Directors. Served as co-chair of the Signature Program
  • Leadership Oklahoma Class XVI, past Chair of the Board, received the 2010 Distinguished Leadership Award 
  • She was appointed by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and currently serves as the first woman on the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority and Oklahoma City Urban Redevelopment Authority. 
  • Mayor Cornett also appointed her to serve as a commissioner on the Oklahoma City/County Health Department, where she has the role of Community Partnership Officer.
  • Graduate of the National School Foundation Association Leadership Certification program and serves on that organization’s national leadership council.
  • Board of Trustees for United Way of Central Oklahoma .
  • Member of the Downtown Rotary Club and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2003-2004. 

Other honors:

  • Inducted into the OCU Meinder’s School of Business Hall of Honor
  • Inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. 
  • Inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, a program of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. 
  • Association for Women in Communications “Byliner” award for Communications
  • Quality Oklahoman award from the Oklahoma Quality Foundation. 
  • “Embrace Award” by the YWCA, for embracing YWCA’s mission of empowering women and eliminating racism. 
  •  “Door Opener’ Award by ASTEC

Daughter, Madison, graduated from Georgetown Law Center and serves as a Public Defender for Oklahoma County.

Son-in-law Taylor McLawhorn works as a defense attorney in private practice.