Tom Orr, Local Initiatives Support Corporation - Senior Program Officer

Thomas Orr is a Senior Program Officer with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Indianapolis, where he manages the Centers for Working Families initiative.  He was instrumental in launching a green jobs project for low-income workers focused on "deconstruction" of unsafe and abandoned properties.  He is currently working on implementation of a career pathways project to “bridge” basic skills and occupational training for low-wage workers.  He represents LISC on a cross-agency team to develop strategies for re-use of industrial sites leading to job creation in urban core neighborhoods.

He is the author of two books, Hammers in the Fog and Tongue to the Anvil.  He holds a B. A. from Gordon College.

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Jessica Fraser, Indiana Institute for Working Families, a program of the Indiana Community Action Association - Director


The Institute conducts research and promotes public policies to help Hoosier families achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency.

Jessica has been with the Institute since 2008. She serves as co-chair of the Indiana Skills2Compete Coalition and sits on the National Skills Coalition's leadership council, the Julian Center Circles out of Poverty Guiding Coalition, the Lt. Governor’s Career Pathways Taskforce, and the State Workforce Innovation Council.   Before joining the Institute she was a researcher for the Service Employees International Union, Local 3. Ms. Fraser obtained her BA in Political Science from St. Mary’s College in 2003 and her MA in Political Science from Ball State University in 2006.

Erin Macey, Indiana Institute for Working Families, a program of the Indiana Community Action Association - Policy Analyst


Erin witnessed disparities in access to educational opportunity firsthand as a middle school teacher. Motivated to examine and change the social systems that held these inequalities in place, Erin returned to graduate school and earned her doctorate in education policy. While pursuing her degree, Erin conducted policy analysis and completed program evaluations for Indiana schools, state agencies, and non-profits. In her most recent role as a technical assistance coordinator at the Great Lakes Equity Center, Erin developed publications and helped deliver direct, context-driven technical assistance to Midwest school districts struggling to provide equal opportunity on the basis of race, gender, and national origin. Erin's professional and personal experiences, especially as a mother of four, inspire her to continue to amplify the voices of those who are typically underrepresented in leadership and policy-making positions and, as a result, lack the supports they need to thrive. 

Allegra Maldonado, Prosperity Indiana

Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network VISTA


Allegra Maldonado joins Prosperity Indiana as the Indiana Assets and Opportunity Network VISTA. During her year of AmeriCorps service Allegra will work with the Network’s manager to further the Network’s goal to increase asset acquisition for low-wealth Hoosiers and strengthen Indiana’s local economies. Though a New York native, Allegra has become familiar with the social and economic landscape of Indiana through internships in the state. Previously, she interned with the City of Indianapolis and The International Center of Indianapolis. In these roles, she convened Indianapolis’ Sister City committees to digitize their rich histories in partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library and assisted in planning itineraries for participants of the International Visitors Leadership Program, among other responsibilities. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Kenyon College. Allegra plans to pursue international aid development in the future, bridging her interests in international studies and economic development as well as politics and poverty.