A native Oklahoman, Dr. Randy K. Macon attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate. As part of his graduate work focused on program evaluation and research in the nonprofit sector, Randy co-authored several technical reports and presented original research at both the 2007 and 2008 national meetings of the American Educational Research Association. His master’s thesis Volunteer Engagement: Role Identity and Intent to Leave was published in 2011. Randy’s doctoral dissertation Feeding Hope Through Tulsa’s Philanthropic Community received committee approval in June 2014.
On February 1, 2018, Randy became the Chief Operations Officer for Foundation Management, Inc., a boutique firm that provides personalized expertise to private foundations and public charities in support of their philanthropic goals. In this new capacity Randy continues to support the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Education Technology Trust, and the many private foundation clients served by Foundation Management. Prior to this new role, Randy served as an interim Executive Director of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (2015-2018), Vice President of Research, Initiatives, and Community Investment for the United Way of Central Oklahoma (2013-2014), and as a member of the program staff with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (2007-2012). Randy has also garnered experience working in corporate philanthropy through his association with Samson Investment Company (2009-2011).
A champion of education, Randy worked as part of the community team that brought Teach for America to Oklahoma in 2009 and also served on the initial steering committee for the Any Given Child Tulsa collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Randy is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class 25, Leadership Tulsa Class 40, and was named as one of the 2012 Achievers Under 40 by The Journal Record.