The Ohio Innovation and Technology Association (OITA) introduced Jennifer Flatter as its newest Executive Director. Flatter is OITA’s first executive director as the organization enhances its presence and leadership in Ohio. OITA also announced that its founders, Robert Kovey and Nick York, will remain in association leadership. 

Flatter joined OITA in January 2023.   Previously, she served as CEO of Impact Ohio where she grew the company into a well-respected, statewide-conference series that brought together government, business, and the nonprofit sector to focus on public policy issues important to Ohioans. Flatter has nearly two decades of experience in government affairs and conference, meeting, and event management in the public and private sectors and owns JLF Advisors, a consulting firm that specializes in serving state associations, non-profit organizations, and businesses.

“I’m excited to join Bobby and Nick at OITA.  We know that Ohio is at a crossroads in the technology space, and it’s such an exciting time for innovation in Ohio. Our collaborative leadership model with Nick as Chairman of the Board and Bobby as President of OITA, will allow us to bolster the organization and play a significant role in growing Ohio’s innovation and technology sector,” Flatter said.

“Our new structure will allow Jen, Nick, and me, to provide superior value to technology organizations and businesses across Ohio,” Kovey said. “I am excited to see what Nick and I launched in 2018, grow into one of the premier technology and innovation association in Ohio and the Midwest.”

York added, “There are lots of exciting initiatives on the horizon for Ohio’s tech sector.  With our new leadership structure, OITA can support many of these leading companies and ensure Ohio has a robust tech ecosystem.”

About the Ohio Innovation and Technology Association

The Ohio Innovation and Technology Association (OITA) is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan statewide organization of Ohio’s technology-driven companies and industry professionals operating at the intersection of business, technology, and public policy.

OITA members reflect the face of Ohio’s thriving technology industry, representing a diverse array of information technology and tech-enabled companies and professionals, from business, academia, non-profit and government. For more, visit