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In addition to his work at IndyHub, Blake is an elected member of the Indianapolis City-County Council where he sits on the Administration and Finance, Rules and Public Policy, Ethics, and Community Affairs Committees. He also chairs the Council's Education Committee and is a member of the Early Intervention Planning Council at MCCOY and Indianapolis Charter School Board. Before joining IndyHub, he was Vice President of Strategy at the national nonprofit Complete College America.

In his spare time, Blake enjoys spending time with his wife Natalie and their two, wildly spoiled dogs, Jack and Jamison.

Blake Johnson

Blake Johnson

President

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Blake oversees all aspects of the day-to-day management, operation and strategy for IndyHub and the IndyHub Foundation.

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Ashley also engages with our volunteers, young professional groups and the Indianapolis community through Core Connections.

She stays connected to the community through her committee work including Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis Parks Foundation and The Public Safety Foundation. Ashley was a 2018 Indy’s Best & Brightest finalist, and a graduate of The Exchange Fellows at The Indianapolis Urban League and IU Health Foundation’s Inspiring Leaders program.

In her spare time, you can find Ashley spending time with her husband, Alex and their Boston Terrier puppy, Parnelli.

Ashley Miser

Ashley Miser

Director of Strategy

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Ashley’s days at IndyHub HQ include leading strategy, development and coordination of IndyHub’s partnerships and experiences.

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Coming from a large, Italian family, Katelyn loves to bring people together, especially when it involves exploring new places. She spends much of her free time biking or running on the Monon Trail or swinging on her porch with a good book in hand. Prior to joining IndyHub, she was a Campaign Manager at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

A proud alumna of Butler University, she enjoys cheering on the Dawgs and volunteering with education-focused organizations, like School on Wheels. She is an avid green tea drinker, frequently sings off-key to Andy Grammer music, and is a new dog-mom to her goldendoodle pup, Oakley.

Katelyn Sussli

Katelyn Sussli

Community & Events Manager

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Katelyn handles all the logistics and planning for our 30+ programs and events per year and manages community engagement for IndyHub.

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Where are you originally from?
No Mean City. I’m a born and raised Indy girl.

You’re off the clock. What are your plans?
Trying new things is a must. New restaurants, new events—I love adventure. This past year I’ve developed a new love for attending CreativeMornings/IND. It’s such a cool way to learn about Indy residents who think outside the box and are making a shift in our city’s culture. I’m also involved in Planned Parenthood’s Young Leaders of Indy.

When thinking about the future of Indianapolis, what are you looking forward to the most and why?
I still am in awe of how cool our city has become. From arts & culture to nightlife and the social scene, Indy has stepped it up. There’s a movement, and genuinely an overall feeling of pride in Indy like never before. I can’t wait to continue to watch it grow and also be a part of moving our city in the right direction.

Are there any local causes that you support? What are they and how might others learn more or get involved?
Women’s empowerment has always been at the core of my personal mission. The past two years, I’ve been working actively as a communications chair of the Planned Parenthood Young Leaders of Indy. This is a shared, safe space for women & men to gather to support the mission of Planned Parenthood here in Indy with fundraisers & networking events. Anyone that is interested can find our events on Facebook and follow along with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky on social media. We also attend IndyVolved, so you can find us there!

In addition to my involvement with PPINK, I am what I would consider, an active alumna of IU. The past year, I have been serving as a member of the IU Women’s Colloquium Steering Committee which helps program the IU Women’s Colloquium, a celebration of the Women of IU—past, present, and future. It’s been so special to continue to be engaged with my alma mater being out of school, but it’s the best way to stay connected.

Do you have a favorite local spot that you love going to? Where and why?
This is so hard. I’m not good at picking favorites, but hands down, one of my new favorite spots is Half Liter. It’s less than a 5 minute walk away from my house.

You know in the Cheers, the theme song says “Where everybody knows your name?” For me that’s Moe & Johnny’s. Moe & Johnny’s is a classical Indianapolis staple in my neighborhood that I love so much that I’ve become a regular.

Picking a favorite park is hard—I love them all equally, but my heart is at Holliday Park. From the Ruins to the trails. It’s everything a park should be.

Which is your preferred way to get around our city?
I love to drive. After getting off of work, nothing really matches turning your favorite playlist all the way up.

What’s something underrated about Indy that more people should know about?
One of my other favorite spots in the city that truly developed my love of public service is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The Landmark for Peace and our city’s annual celebration of two civil rights giants, Dr. King & Bobby Kennedy is something truly special. If you don’t know about April 4, 1968, you should look it up!

What’s a tv show that has impacted your life most to date?
One of the most devastating moments of my young life was when Oprah went off air. Coming home from school and watching Oprah was such a routine for me growing up. I know that sounds funny, I think I was in 6th or 7th grade when her show ended. To this day, so much of what her spirit embodies, who she is and what she stands for as a woman, sticks with me. I listen to her Super Soul podcast religiously.

If you had to remove all the apps from your phone except for 3, which would you keep?
Twitter, Instagram, and Spotify! Twitter keeps me in the loop and Instagram is just amazing. Spotify is my music & podcasts and I couldn’t do without it.

Do you have a special talent?
Growing up I always sang & danced! From show choir, dance team, or cheerleaders, I think my true Aries nature came out in my extracurricular activities growing up. Now, I get my usual performance kick from occasionally doing karaoke.

If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
As – Stevie Wonder. I find something new in it every single time.

Pancakes or waffles?
Pancakes, always.

Hannah Thomas

Hannah Thomas

Communications & Advocacy Manager

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IndyHub Board of Directors

Their visionary leadership guides our programs and their cultivation of new relationships makes them invaluable ambassadors.

Justin Sufan
Chair, Indianapolis Power & Light

Sarah Myer
Vice Chair, Indiana Sports Corp

Katie Babbitt
Cummins

Desma Belsaas
Vault

Josh Christie
Ice Miller

Lesley Gordon
IndyGo

Matthew Hall
Highland Park Partners

LeRoy Lewis III
Eskenazi Health

Steph Long
Eli Lilly & Company

Josh Malarsky
Katz Sapper & Miller

Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon
Faegre Baker Daniels

Jillian Schmiedt
Corteva Agriscience

Alex Simonton
IU Health

Corey Wilson
University of Indianapolis

Ashley Youmell
KeyBank

IndyHub Foundation Board of Directors

As directors of our 501(c)3 IndyHub Foundation, their guidance and support play a significant role in the success of IndyHub.

Trevor Belden
Chair, Faegre Baker Daniels

Rishard Allen
Arts Council of Indianapolis

Doug Ding
Kronos

Sara Fehsenfeld Morris
The Heritage Group

Zsofia Nagy
Cummins

Ian Nicolini
Indy Chamber

Jeff Robinson
Visit Indy

Taylor Schaffer
City of Indianapolis