Public Policy Institute
Kathy Koehler, MPA, PMP®, has more than 20 years of experience working with state and local governments, non-profits and major corporations to improve their services through performance measurement, effective collaboration and partnerships, communications and policy development. She joined the Institute as interim director in May 2016.
She founded Koehler Partners, an Indianapolis-based consulting firm specializing in organizational change management, program evaluation, project management, public outreach, strategic planning and training & technical assistance, in 2010.
Koehler previously spent 10 years with Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the nation’s leading consulting and accounting firms, where she led projects to improve state and local government efficiency in a wide variety of areas, including human services, workforce development, education and public safety.
She holds several professional certifications including:
Koehler previously worked for the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, where she managed evaluations of the state’s social services functions, including one of the nation’s largest experimental evaluations of welfare reform, and developed performance measurements for the agency’s childcare, child welfare, public assistance and child support service areas. Koehler also worked at the Indiana State Budget Agency, the Indiana Election Commission and the Indiana Department of Education.
In addition to her consulting work, she has served as interim director of SPEA’s Executive Education Program and has been an adjunct professor of organizational behavior at SPEA. Koehler is an active community volunteer and has served on the boards of the IU SPEA Alumni Association, Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, Reach for Youth and Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.
Samuel Nunn joined the IU Public Policy Institute and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IUPUI in 1993. In addition to his role as professor of criminal justice and public safety in SPEA, he also serves as the institute's Public Safety Research Director.
Nunn has been a principal investigator on funded research projects for, among other clients, Indiana Project Safe Neighborhood, the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the City of Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management. Since 2006, he has been principal investigator for the state of Indiana’s Annual Traffic Safety Report.
Much of his published peer-reviewed research focuses on criminal justice technologies and their impacts, with publications in the Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Quarterly, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Police Practice and Research, Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security International, Public Administration Review, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Evaluation Review, Surveillance & Society, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Homicide Studies, and others.
Previous work focused on local economic development policy, including public infrastructure budgeting and spending in cities, the effects of capital spending on municipal budgets, and the impact of advanced technologies on cities and urban police operations.
Before joining IUPUI, Nunn was on the faculty of the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas, and worked for more than eight years in municipal administration for economic development, telecommunications planning, project management, and departmental management, serving as Assistant Director of the City of Fort Worth Water Department.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University, his master’s degree in urban studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and his doctorate in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware.
Years with Indiana University: 22 years
Douglas Noonan joined the IU Public Policy Institute in 2013 as its director of research. He also serves as an associate professor for School of Public and Enivironmental Affairs at IUPUI.
Noonan's research focuses on a variety of urban environment and policy issues, including the built environment, green building and energy policy topics. As a co-principal investigator, he has won National Science Foundation awards to study nanotechnology, energy, policy issues, optimal air quality, ecological and spatial modeling and green urban revitalizations. Noonan has also studied neighborhood dynamics and urban amenities as well as historic preservation and Empowerment Zones.
Noonan earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in public policy at the University of Chicago and completed his undergraduate work on international studies at the University of Washington.
Years with Indiana University: 2 years