Tom Guevara joined the IU Public Policy Institute as its fifth director in April of 2017.

Prior to coming to PPI, Tom spent six years as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. In his role there, he led the federal economic development agenda, promoting innovation and competitiveness to help U.S. workers and businesses compete globally. As the agency’s most senior career officer, he led the Economic Development Administration during the transition of presidential administrations while performing the duties of the assistant secretary for economic development.

Tom has worked in a variety of state and local government positions in Indiana in addition to a six-year career in the private sector with Crowe Horwath LLP in Indianapolis. He served as the assistant budget director for the Health and Human Services division of the Indiana State Budget Agency and also worked as controller for the city of Bloomington.


  • Distinguished Hoosier (2000)
  • Government Finance Officers Association Award of Financial Reporting Achievement (2003)
  • Department of Commerce Silver Honors Award (2015)