Somerlyn Cothran

Somerlyn Cothran

President & CEO, Cothran Development Strategies

ABOUT

Since founding the company in 2001, Cothran has developed and managed hundreds of national and local fundraising efforts, national trade associations, nonprofits, and political action committees. In addition to her leadership in the arena of corporate trade association management and development, CDS is regarded as one of the top fundraising firms in the country with clients in over 20 states. On the political front, Cothran was a leader in national fundraising for the Mitt Romney for President/Victory Campaign and set record fundraising goals in Oklahoma and throughout the energy sector. She was also involved in fundraising for the Giuliani Presidential Campaign as well as Trump Victory and the Presidential Inauguration Committee. She was named a 2005 Rising Star in Politics by Campaigns and Elections magazine and was a co-founder and is the current President of the National Association of Political Fundraisers. She is an active member of the Association Management Company Institute, The American Society of Association Executives and is a certified administrator of the MBTI®. She is a regular guest speaker for state and national organizations on the topics of vision, keys to success, and women in business. Locally, she is the immediate past president and a board member of the Ada City Schools Foundation and serves on the boards of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center and Mama T’s Homeless Shelter. She was a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII, named an “Oklahoma Achiever Under 40” in 2012 and was a 2014 and 2015 “Oklahoma Woman of the Year” finalist. Most recently, she was appointed by OK Governor Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Tulsa and a master’s degree in human relations and organizational development from the University of Oklahoma.