The Indiana University Public Policy Institute at IUPUI has a new director. Tom Guevara previously served as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. He succeeds Kathy Koehler, who became interim director after Mark Lawrance left last year to become vice president of engagement and innovation policy at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Guevara hold a master’s degree from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and has worked in the public and private sectors, including the Indiana State Budget Agency, controller for the city of Bloomington and Crowe Horwath LLP in Indianapolis.
IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar says "Tom Guevara’s work at the nexus of policy, politics and operations positions him well to bring vision and leadership to the IU Public Policy Institute at IUPUI. His expertise is particularly important considering the role of the Public Policy Institute in our strategic effort to deepen our engagement in the community."
SPEA Dean John Graham says Guevara has "a keen understanding of state and local government and what it takes to make and implement effective public policy. The totality of his experience working within, and consulting to, government and communities across the country makes him an ideal fit for the Public Policy Institute and its mission of helping Hoosier leaders, citizens, businesses and organizations solve problems, seize opportunities and effect positive change."
Guevara’s first day will be April 3. You can connect to more about the appointment by clicking here.