Gov. Bill Anoatubby has appointed Jennifer Matthews as director of graphic design and photography within the Chickasaw Nation Department of Communications and Community Development.
“Mrs. Matthews understands the important role core values such as teamwork, integrity and cultural identity play in serving the Chickasaw people,” Anoatubby said. “Her education, experience and dedication to our mission make her well-suited for this position.”
Matthews began her career within the Chickasaw Nation in 2009 as a graphic designer within the Division of Commerce. As her first job in the graphic design industry, she was responsible for leading various advertising projects through conceptual design, initial layout and final submissions to multiple entities within the Chickasaw Nation. Projects included brochures, posters, advertisements, logos and direct mail pieces.
“I was offered a job with the Chickasaw Nation as a graphic designer after graduating from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology,” Matthews said. “It was my first full-time job in the industry. I was very excited to make the move to Ada because my parents were raised in the area, and I spent much of my childhood in Pauls Valley.”
Matthews transferred within the Chickasaw Nation to the Department of Communications and Community Development. Once promoted to graphic design manager, she was involved in the early planning stages of project development. Using her knowledge of graphic design, she worked closely with leadership to visually communicate the goals and mission of the Chickasaw Nation.
As a graphic design manager, she continued to hone the technical skills needed by those she supervised. She maintained a close working relationship with staff photographers and was involved in the planning of photo shoots. She was also tasked with overseeing printed materials from outside vendors to ensure they conformed to Chickasaw Nation standards and guidelines.
As director of graphic design and photography, Matthews works with departments within the Chickasaw Nation to effectively promote advertising projects, making sure projects fit the needs of all audiences, up to and including tribal government and international audiences.
“I currently lead a team of seven graphic designers and five photographers,” she said. “We are involved in a wide variety of projects within the Chickasaw Nation.”
Matthews has been recognized within the Chickasaw Nation and the community for her work. In 2016, she was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Hall of Fame. She has received recognition for her work within the Chickasaw Nation, including multiple “Can Do” awards. This award is presented to employees who display a positive attitude and show exceptional dedication to their work. Among her advertising peers, she has been the recipient of numerous American Advertising awards.
According to Matthews, being a successful leader means giving to the community in which you live. She currently sits on the committee for the Wear Red for Women event in Ada, a campaign that educates women on the symptoms of heart attack and heart disease. She is also a marketing panel speaker during the Pontotoc County Career Discovery Day sponsored by East Central University in Ada.
Matthews spent two years mentoring female high school students through the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce Mentorship Program and was on the advisory committee for the digital media production program of Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee.