OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 17, 2020)- Governor Kevin Stitt announced today the hiring of Amanda Rodriguez as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the State of Oklahoma, a new role tasked with overseeing Executive Budget development and working across the Governor’s Cabinet to improve financial reporting and accountability.
"The Chief Financial Officer will be critical in helping us ensure we are increasing efficiency and continuing to deliver transparent results and remain good stewards of Oklahomans' tax dollars," said Gov. Stitt. "Amanda Rodriguez has over 15 years of financial experience with consistent success in mobilizing talent, increasing efficiency and productivity, delivering results and creating positive change. I am excited to welcome her to the team as we continue to innovate and lead Oklahoma to become a Top Ten State."
Rodriguez has worked as a financial professional at Chesapeake Energy for over 13 years. Since 2019, she has served as Internal Audit Manager at Chesapeake where she is responsible for enhancing and protecting organizational value by providing risk-based assurance, insight, and objectivity and helping the organization achieve its strategic, operational, financial and compliance objectives.
“We best serve the constituents of Oklahoma by ensuring we focus our resources on our core agency services,” said Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of Agency Accountability John Budd.“Amanda brings the process improvement mindset, creativity, and accountability discipline we need to make sure we are delivering on our agencies’ promises to Oklahomans.”
Rodriguez joined Chesapeake in 2007 as an accountant and has held various management roles since 2013, including leadership of the Accounting Center of Excellence which provided central support for complex accounting projects, system integrations and implementations and oversight of accounting close activities for financial reporting.
Prior to Chesapeake, she was the owner and operator of House in Hand Properties, LLC and lead accountant for Petroleum Accounting Consultants, PLLC.
"Growing up in a military family, service has always been one of my core values, and it is a privilege to now serve the State of Oklahoma in this capacity," said Rodriguez. "The level of responsibility in this position is something I take very seriously, and I look forward to providing a strategic financial perspective on Governor Stitt's team."
Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business in 2003 and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business in 2018. An active member of her community, Rodriguez serves as a Chesapeake Inclusion and Diversity Champion, a Leadership Enhancement Training Series graduate and mentor, a Women in Energy Network Member, a OneCHK Ambassador and an Institute of Internal Auditors Member as well as volunteering for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma and Infant Crisis Services.
She will start on Nov. 30.
The following are quotes of support for the hiring of Amanda Rodriguez:
"Amanda Rodriguez is a tremendous leader. Over the past five years, I had the good fortune to witness Amanda find solutions to complex situations through effective communication and the unique ability to build consensus. She is a great addition to Governor Stitt’s team and will help make Oklahoma a Top Ten state." – William Buergler, Chesapeake Chief Accounting Officer
"Amanda and I have worked together over the last year, and I could not be more thrilled for the State of Oklahoma to receive such a wonderful leader. Amanda has an amazing way of bringing people together across organizations to drive change, accountability and efficiency. I look forward to seeing her now help our state and Governor Stitt continue to drive change and synergies across our local government." – Kindell Walters, Partner at Ernst & Young