Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) has announced the addition of two experienced policy and communication professionals to the association’s team. Josh Cockroft and Will Gattenby will help further OAR’s communication efforts and government relations as Senior Director of Government Affairs and Senior Director of Membership and Communications, respectively.
“The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® is committed to having the most experienced and professional team in place to help further serve Oklahoma REALTORS® through advocacy and education,” OAR President Lisa Weaver said. “We continue to grow and add knowledgeable and skilled professionals to our team which enables us to be a united voice and first source of information, expertise and advocacy for all who practice real estate in our state.”
Cockroft is a former Republican member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, who represented District 27 from 2010 to 2018. He has served as a member of the House leadership under two speakers, as assistant majority whip, as a presiding officer in the House, as the chairman of the House Rules Committee and as the chairman of the House Special Investigative Committee.
As the Senior Director of Government Affairs, Cockroft will provide professional service, expertise and government affairs representation to more than 11,500 members represented by OAR. He will educate and mobilize members on government, regulatory and policy issues as well as develop policy initiatives.
Gattenby brings nearly ten years of experience in communications and policy. His previous roles include director of communications for the Mick Cornett for Governor and Lonegan for U.S. Senate campaigns, press secretary for former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and account services coordinator for Sagac Public Affairs. Gattenby also co-founded William & Lauren, Inc., an online-based, custom clothing business, in 2015. He serves on the advisory board for the University of Central Oklahoma’s Strategic Communications Program and is a member of Edmond Young Professionals.
In his role as Senior Director of Membership and Communications, Gattenby will be responsible for administering and managing event and program planning as well as membership and data quality. He will develop member leadership volunteer activities and serve as staff support for local board relations.
OAR provides members with information and a forum for participating in the conversation while working to promote favorable policies for real estate property owners. More information about OAR’s work with the Oklahoma Legislature can be found at http://okrealtors.com/government-affairs/.