Tyra M. Metoyer

Manager of External MobilizationAmerican Petroleum Institute

Tyra M. Metoyer, Manager of External Mobilization for the American Petroleum Institute, and serves as the national lead for workforce of the future, STEM, and education initiatives, outreach to non-traditional allies, and the Energy Nation program, which is an education and mobilization program for employees of the oil and natural gas industry. Her workforce of the future, STEM and education initiatives are focused internally on helping the oil and gas industry develop tools and outreach programs to attract and retain a more diverse workforce; and externally on helping a broad base of non-traditional allies and strategic partners ( such as African Americans, Latinos, Women, Veterans, Native Americans, Millennials, etc.) understand and prepare to take advantage of the range of career opportunities in the oil and natural gas and petrochemical industries.

Metoyer is a highly skilled, results-oriented strategist, training specialist, communications, and advocacy professional with more than 20 years of experience. Currently, her work is focused on long-term workforce development, strategic partnerships, grassroots advocacy, employee engagement, and industry STEM/education initiatives. She has worked in oil and natural gas, higher education, non-profits, and for a range of clients as an independent consultant for more than12 years. Her demonstrated leadership in grassroots coalition building was cultivated through experience in state and national political campaigns.

Prior to working as a consultant while matriculating as a full time graduate student and fellow, Metoyer was the Director of Communications at the Texas A&M University System and Director of University Relations at Prairie View A&M University, where she managed communications, media relations, web content, marketing and brand activities.

A Louisiana native, she holds a master’s degree in community development from Prairie View A&M University, a bachelor of journalism degree in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M University. Her research interests are in the areas of the higher education policy and underrepresented minority and women’s persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

She is a Senior Fellow and board member of the American Leadership Forum (ALF), board member of STEM NOLA, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Metoyer has served as a Group Writing Coach for Posse Houston, is a founding board member of National Urban League Young Professionals, past member of a number of non profit boards, and very active in her community as a member of several national scholarship review boards and a trustee of the Mt. Rose Church.