Hi, I'm Chena Tucker, Director of the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego.
Chena Tucker's Bio:
Chena Tucker currently serves as Director of the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego. Throughout her tenure at the Office of Business and Community Relations, Tucker has held various titles including Small Business Advisor, Assistant Project Manager, Project Manager and Associate Director. During this time she has developed and administered over $10.5 million in contract proposals, awards and grants.
Chena Tucker’s work at OBCR has given her extensive experience in strategic planning, design thinking, program development and project management. Her continuous improvement philosophy motivates her is to stay current on organizational strategies and to work collaboratively with team members in order to innovate and improve operational procedures and systems with the goal of increasing efficiency, ensuring accuracy and supporting growth. In her position as Director, Tucker takes charge of the business and operational management of OBCR which includes the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistant (OTDA) training contracts, Workforce Development Board of Oswego County, Small Business Development Center, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Leadership Oswego County Program.
As an active member in her community of Oswego, New York, she serves on the Harborfest Board and as Chairperson of the Harborfest Childrens Committee, Oswego County Poverty Task Force member, as well as the Advisory Council for the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Chena is a graduate of the SBDC Micro-Enterprise Course (2008), Syracuse University’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (2012), Leadership Oswego County (2013) and was honored to be selected as the Forty under 40 of Oswego County (2013).
Chena Tucker's Experience:
Associate Director at SUNY OswegoAugust 2015 - May 2017 | Office of Business and Community Relations
Project management; coordinated all activities involved in the development of annual work plans and state contracts with annual awards of over $1.2 million dollars; fiscal management and reporting. Training; management of external training contracts and maintain performance and objective goals. WDB Management; MOU and contract maintenance, Board Member recruitment and orientation, Business Services Team support, Strategic Planning project support- focus group logistics, WIOA One-Stop Management oversight (monthly meetings)
Project Manager at SUNY OswegoJuly 2012 - July 2015 | Office of Business and Community Relations
Contract management; coordinated activities involved in the deployment of RFQ’s for state contracts; fiscal management and reporting, conduct in-house reviews to determine prospective consultants. Training; development of OTDA curricula/facilitate training and maintain performance and objective goals. Public Relations; developing and maintaining positive relations between campus, the community and businesses, assisting with the development of the Thrive Community Incubator, promoting campus sustainability on the Environmental Sustainability Team and representing college on non-profit boards and committees.
SBDC Business Advisor at SUNY OswegoJuly 2011 - July 2012 | Office of Business and Community Relations
Established and operated the E-Commerce Incubator and assisted in the development of the “What’s Next?” Events; grant management, developed E-Commerce website, curricula/facilitated training, assisted clients with development of their on-line profiles, created materials and handouts, developed and maintained databases for research and marketing purposes.
Chena Tucker's Education:
Marylhurst University2002 – 2007BFA in Design Studies