OU Alumna Claudia San Pedro, president of Sonic, America’s Drive-In, will deliver the keynote address at the gala celebration.
A native of Mexico City, she immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 2 so her father could attend medical school. With the help of a dedicated teacher, she learned to speak English when she was in kindergarten and later attended public schools in Norman, where her father was a physician. San Pedro earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and an MBA from OU. She served on the Oklahoma Senate fiscal staff and was later appointed the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as director of the Oklahoma Office of State Finance. She joined SONIC in 2006 as vice president of investor relations and treasurer. She was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2015 and assumed her current role as president in January 2018.