Vop Osili is a member of the Indianapolis City-County Council, representing District 11 which covers much of downtown Indianapolis and parts of the near west side, including the campus of IUPUI. He is chairman of the Council’s Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee and also serves on its Public Works and Rules & Public Policy Committees.
First elected to the Council in November, 2011 Osili has worked extensively with community groups, civic organizations, other public sector officials and the business community on the expansion of work opportunities, skills-training, and disadvantaged small business financing. Vop helped establish the first City-funded microloan program targeting residents and businesses operating in neighborhoods with households well below area median income, and continues to implement new initiatives to incentivize fair wages. He is a champion of urban and economic development, empowerment of distressed and economically-challenged communities, and is committed to ensuring the successful reintegration of those formerly incarcerated.
Osili is an architect who has led urban design and architecture projects in the U.S., Africa and the Middle East. He has served on a number of civic boards in the community including the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the United Way of Central Indiana and co-chaired the City of Indianapolis’ Urban Design Review Committee. In 2010 he was the Democratic candidate for Indiana Secretary of State.
He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and his Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. He and his wife Una are parents of two amazing children, Arinze and Tasia.