In January, the University of Oklahoma Center for Community, Energy and Economic Development (CEED) welcomed Catherine Vanderpool as the new Economic Development Administration (EDA) program director.
As the program director, Vanderpool oversees an EDA grant that provides leadership and resiliency training for counties that have recently received a FEMA disaster declaration or may be prone to natural or economic disaster in the future. Additionally, Vanderpool also assists in planning and implementation for the OU Economic Development Institute.
Vanderpool comes to CEED from the OU Center for Public Management, where she worked for six years as a learning consultant. There, she assisted with training programs with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, WIC services division. Previously, she worked for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and United States Sen. Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico.
Vanderpool holds a bachelor’s degree in cinematic arts with a minor in anthropology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. A native of Raton, N.M., she moved to Oklahoma in 2009.
Vanderpool said she’s looking forward to the opportunities for professional growth her new position will offer.
“I’m excited to learn more about the resilient nature within Oklahoma, along with the opportunities for economic advancement throughout the state,” Vanderpool said. “I’ve always believed in public service, and I’m glad to be able to continue that work in my new position.”
When she’s not working, Vanderpool enjoys hiking (she recently hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon), cooking, Bruce Springsteen and Oklahoma City Thunder basketball. She also enjoys spending time with her dog, Lupe, and two cats, Ruth and Rosie.