Public Policy Institute
Before becoming the director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute in July 2014, Lawrance was a part of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s senior management team, most recently as Senior Vice President, Foundation and Operations. He oversaw the efforts of the Indiana Chamber Foundation, which commissioned numerous studies to improve Indiana and developed a statewide, long-term economic development action plan, Indiana Vision 2025.
Lawrance also coordinated implementation of its predecessor, Economic Vision 2010, and led numerous studies to impact public policy on issues including workforce development, tax and fiscal policy, government efficiency and economic development. He has worked closely with the Indiana General Assembly and several gubernatorial administrations on public policy issues. Prior to joining the Chamber, Lawrance was Vice President of the MCL, Inc., restaurant chain.
A lifelong Hoosier, Lawrance graduated from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a degree in Public Affairs and completed the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. He has served as a member of the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy. An avid cyclist, he also serves as an advisor to the Marian University Cycling program.
Years with Indiana University: 1 years
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
Troy Riggs became the Director of Public Safety Outreach for the IU Public Policy Institute in 2015. His background includes working at all levels of policing and government, and most recently served as Director of Public Safety for the city of Indianapolis.
He is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of public safety, whose work as a police chief was studied for a report issued by the Police Executive Research Forum. Riggs has been called upon to submit testimony to the United States Congress, met with and provided information to the United States Attorney General on violent crime-reduction initiatives, was invited to and attended the Presidential announcement of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, invited by the White House to participate in open data discussions, and served as a guest instructor for the Canadian Police Association and Southern Police Institute.
Throughout his career, Riggs has lobbied at state legislatures and the U.S. Congress, assisted with a successful police merger referendum in Louisville, Kentucky, established national best practices in community policing, and worked successfully on numerous personnel allocation and staffing issues. Riggs is also known for having established effective and efficient business models in government that have led to reductions in crime and millions of dollars of taxpayer saving, and received many awards including recognition by the NAACP and LULAC.