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Our Team

The LISC Indianapolis team is dedicated to improving the life expectancy of residents born into poverty by serving as an investor, capacity builder, and convener to innovatively address the Social Determinants of Health. We believe that where you live shouldn’t determine how long you live. That’s why our team of professionals work tirelessly every day to improve our neighborhoods and empower residents to build resilient and inclusive communities.

Tedd Grain, Executive Director

Tedd provides strategic direction and guidance for all aspects of LISC’s local work and has spent almost a decade at LISC, first serving as a program officer and then as deputy director. His passion for improving the lives of residents is demonstrated through his work in leading and organizing city-wide programs to eradicate food deserts, to connect residents with lifelong skills-training and career paths, and to develop safe and affordable housing.; 317-454-8492


Aaron Laramore, Senior Program Officer

Aaron has been with LISC for nearly two decades, first serving in the LISC Detroit office as a program officer. He supports efforts to deploy special funding and credit enhancements for underwriting, originating, and monitoring LISC Indy’s loan portfolio, which includes both commercial and residential real estate. Aaron also leads the home-owner repair program and provides technical assistance to build capacity for community partners.  

Quality-of-Life Neighborhood: Northwest Area and Northeast Corridor
Great Places Neighborhood: King Commons; 317-454-8489


Tom Orr, Senior Program Officer

Tom has more than 35 years of experience in workforce development and nearly two decades with LISC. Tom oversees LISC’s talent development initiatives and strategies for re-use of industrial sites leading to job creation in urban core neighborhoods.  Tom works to develop programs that close basic skills gaps that often prevent unemployed or underemployed residents from accessing training and credentialing programs that can lead to living-wage jobs.

Quality-of-Life Neighborhood: So Indy; 317-454-8491


Emily Scott, Program Officer

Emily is responsible for LISC’s commercial and industrial corridor revitalization efforts and oversees LISC’s small business façade grant program. She serves on the board of SourceRiver West entrepreneurship center and the review committee for the Renew Indianapolis Commercial/Industrial land bank program as well as the City of Indianapolis Industrial Redevelopment Working Group. 

Quality-of-Life Neighborhood: Near East Great Places
Neighborhood: Englewood Village; 317-454-8493


Shelbi Cummings, Program Officer

Shelbi is responsible for engaging partners in the development of new strategies to build health equity in Indianapolis neighborhoods. She leads LISC Indy’s health and wellbeing initiatives. Shelbi is responsible for the coordination of Great Places 2020 initiatives and oversees resiliency grants in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.  Shelbi brings decades of experience in nonprofit work and community engagement and is a Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW).

Quality-of-Life Neighborhood: Near West
Great Places Neighborhood:River West; 317-454-8493


Megan Bulla, Communications Officer

Megan is responsible for overseeing the websites and social media for both LISC Indianapolis and Great Places 2020, organizational newsletters, event planning, media relations, photography and graphic design. Megan is the lead contact for the Love Thy Neighborhood Awards and brings more than 15 years of experience in writing, developing and implementing communication and media action plans.; 317-671-5055


Natalia Rodriguez-Hilt, Assistant Program Officer – Economic Mobility

Natalia's focus is on improving economic mobility by supporting our efforts to develop vibrant commercial and industrial corridors where neighborhood businesses are connected to talent development programs and can expand and create jobs that are accessible to area residents. She is responsible for identifying opportunities to deploy resources for façade improvements, create partner capacity and provide technical assistance to pursue economic development work, and to support planning efforts. 

Quality-of-Life Neighborhood: Southeast
Great Places Neighborhood: Twin Aire; 317-454-8498

Lesley FitzSimons, Adminstrative Assistant

Lesley has been with LISC for almost two decades, offering valuable insight and institutional knowledge in addition to supporting budget and grants management activities. Lesley serves as the office administrator and provides support to the Executive and Deputy Directors. Lesley also serves as a point of contact for tenants of The Platform and event and space rentals.; 317-454-8494


Jonathan Collier, Graduate Assistant

Jonathan supports strategic funds development activities by participating in proposal development, reporting, and research activities. He is pursuing a Masters in Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI.  Before coming to the US he gained management experience in student leadership, proposal development and delivering events in the UK.