OEDC Monthly Meeting & Educational Program

Jan 10 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Location: The State Chamber - 330 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Speaker: Richard McPherson, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission


Richard is a graduate of Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City.  He received a B.A. Degree in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1981.  He holds an M.A. Degree in Public Administration from the same University, which he achieved in 1984.

After serving 5 years at the Department of Human Services as a Social Worker, Richard began his tenure with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission in 1989.  His work ethic and his desire to serve the people of Oklahoma caused him very quickly to rise from Manager I to Manager III, then to Regional Director and then to Director of Workforce Services.

While serving as Manager III in various metro Oklahoma City local offices, Richard was active in implementing policy and procedure to many advisory committees and groups.  He was instrumental in the design of several projects, among them, developing the first “Local Office Job Seekers Guide”. 

More recently he has been involved in the orchestration of the One Stop effort and Workforce Oklahoma.  His input and dedication in that endeavor has helped ensure an effort of commonality of purpose for all Workforce Oklahoma partners.  After serving five years as Regional Director at OESC, Richard was promoted to Director of Workforce Services, effective March 2001.  In January 2011 McPherson was appointed by the members of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to serve as Executive Director of OESC.

As Executive Director of OESC, Mr. McPherson represents Oklahoma as the State Administrator with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

He also represents Region VI (Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico) on the NASWA Board of Directors.  Other posts include the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development and the P-20 Data Coordinating Council.

The private sector and civic groups are also the recipients of Richard’s expertise and ability.  He lends his time and his talents to organizations such as the NAACP Oklahoma City Chapter, St. Eugene Catholic School, Boy Scouts of America, the Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and serves as President of the Board of Directors for Speck Home for Boys.