Keili McEwen, Director of Corporate Affairs
Keili McEwen has spent more than a decade working in a variety of political and nonprofit roles. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Friends of the Mansion and as an advisor to Oklahoma’s First Gentleman, Wade Christensen, where she led the First Gentleman’s national agriculture initiative, in conjunction with his Chairmanship of the National Governors Association Spouses Leadership Committee. Prior to her role at the Governor’s Mansion, Keili worked in the Office of Governor Mary Fallin as the Director of Public Affairs, where she managed the governor’s constituent services staff and the office’s internship program.
Keili’s background also includes serving as the Regional Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease by funding Alzheimer’s research, providing care and support for those affected by the disease, and promoting brain health. In that role, Keili’s responsibilities included overseeing the organization’s advocacy and grassroots efforts in Oklahoma. In 2010, she successfully led the effort to change Oklahoma’s adult guardianship laws to protect individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She was also the principal author of the report of the Legislative Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 and received a citation of appreciation from the Oklahoma Legislature for her work on this effort.
Keili has a wealth of political and grassroots advocacy experience working on numerous local and statewide campaigns, including Representative Jason Nelson’s first campaign for House District 87, the YES! for Kids Oklahoma City School Bond Issue, and Howard Barnett’s campaign for State Treasurer. Her resume also includes working for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as an assistant federal liaison and for the Southern Governors Association as a program manager. Keili was named an honorary citizen of Arkansas in 2005 for her work on behalf of the state.
Keili attended Oklahoma City University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications, with a minor in political science, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Leadership. Keili is from Oklahoma City and graduated from Putnam City High School.