Hi, I'm Chena Tucker, Project Manager at the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego.
Chena Tucker's Bio:
Chena Tucker currently works as the Project Manager in the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego. Chena began her career in 1998 in management and hospitality at Pacific Coast Restaurant Group located in Portland, Oregon. In 2007 she moved back home to Upstate New York, spending some time freelancing in design consulting and later began to work in the business management field at SUNY Oswego SBDC in 2011. Chena graduated from Marylhurst University with a BFA in Design Studies and a Certificate of Business Administration. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration at SUNY Oswego.
Her work as a small business advisor and operator of an E-Commerce Incubator Project for the SBDC gave her extensive experience in the development and use of social media and digital marketing. Chena has consulted with many local businesses and held dozens of workshops and seminars on social media.
As an active member in her community of Oswego, New York, Chena has volunteered with Children’s Museum of Oswego County and Safe Haven Museum. She currently serves on the Executive Board of Harborfest as well as Chairperson of the Childrens Committee. 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:
Project Manager- OTDA/Assistant Director of Workforce Development Board of Oswego County at SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community RelationsAugust 2015 - Present | SUNY Oswego
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)
Assistant Project Manager- OTDA (promoted) at SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community RelationsJuly 2012 - July 2015 | SUNY Oswego
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 (promoted) at SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community RelationsJuly 2011 - July 2012 | SUNY Oswego
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.
Board of Directors for Greater Oswego Fulton Chamber of Commerce at Greater Oswego Fulton Chamber of CommerceOctober 2015 - Present | Oswego
Board President of Harborfest and Children’s Park Committee Chair at HarborfestSeptember 2012 - Present | Oswego, New York
Project Coordinator at Literacy Volunteers of Oswego CountyJune 2008 - September 2008
Hosted summer reading program; created weekly curriculum and activities; enlisted volunteers and participants; composed procedure manual and collected data; procured
Portland Steak and Chophouse at Pacific Coast Restaurant Group, LLCNovember 1998 - August 2006
Chena Tucker's Education:
Marylhurst University2002 – 2007BFA in Design Studies
Chena Tucker's Interests & Activities:
Chena Tucker is an avid cook, gardener and coffee enthusiast!