Gena R. Timberman
IITIO Vice-Chair (USA)
Since 1999, Gena R. Timberman has committed her professional career to the pursuit of making the dream to build an American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma a reality. As leader of a State of Oklahoma agency, the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority, and Director of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, Ms. Timberman has lead the development of a nearly 300-acre site on the Oklahoma River envisioned to be the future home of a world-class cultural destination.
In 1996, Gena R. Timberman graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in English. She received the Outstanding Contribution to the Native American Community Award and is the founding President of the Oklahoma State University American Indian Alumni Association. In 1999, Ms. Timberman graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Ms. Timberman currently focuses her practice on Indian Country business development and legal issues in cultural projects and museum administration.
Gena R. Timberman’s notable awards include: Journal Record’s OKC Business 40 Under 40, Oklahoma Magazine 40 Under 40, Native American 40 Under 40 presented by National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and The National Indian Gaming Association, Native American Woman of the Year, State of Oklahoma Native American Service Award, and selection as a Native Daughter by University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Gena R. Timberman currently serves as a member of the MAPS Citizens Advisory Committee/River Subcommittee, the Oklahoma City Rotary Club 29, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation Board of Trustees, the Creative Oklahoma Board of Directors. Ms. Timberman is the immediate past President of the Oklahoma Museums Association.
Gena R. Timberman grew up in Mustang and now lives in Oklahoma City. In 2013, Ms. Timberman formed Luksi Group LLC, a consulting business that provides cultural direction for creative design. From cultural destinations to events, Ms. Timberman draws on her talents and experience to plan successful and sustainable projects in Indian Country, projects that uplift relationships and reflect the diverse and beautiful values of our Native cultures