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.
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