Kelsey Clayton, Prosperity Indiana -
Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network Manager
Kelsey Clayton leads the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network. She works closely with state and local organizations to advocate for policies that affect low-wealth Hoosiers and builds capacity for organizations focused on financial capability. Previously Kelsey served as an AmeriCorps Public Ally, a program dedicated to strengthening communities, nonprofits, and civic participation. She graduated from Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis with a Liberal Arts degree in English with a focus on creative writing. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Partners In Housing, an organization that provides access to permanent supportive housing for Indianapolis’ most vulnerable population. Kelsey lives on the Southside of Indianapolis with her husband and pets Crosby and Manfred. Sure, she's technically a millennial, but believes there's nothing better than her parents' record collection.
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.
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.
Kelan Fong, Prosperity Indiana -
Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network VISTA
After recently graduating from Butler University in May 2016, Kelan elected to participate in the AmeriCorps VISTA program and joined the Prosperity Indiana and Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network team where he will spend his year of service. With an academic background in International Relations and Political Science, Kelan is excited to begin his postgraduate career in the nonprofit sector.
Previous experiences include multiple cultural excursions including a summer abroad in Guangzhou, China and an internship at The HeroesToo Foundation-an environmentally focused NGO located in Hong Kong, China. Kelan has also interned at the Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security in which he gained valuable lessons on emergency management, public safety, and cyber security.