Vop Osili

President, Indianapolis City-County Council

Biography

Vop Osili is President of the Indianapolis City-County Council, representing District 11, which covers much of downtown Indianapolis and parts of the near west side, including the IUPUI campus. He is chairman of the council's Rules & Public Policy Committee and also serves on its Public Works Committee.

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 and the empowerment of distressed and economically-challenged communities, and he is committed to ensuring the successful reintegration of those formerly incarcerated.

An architect who has led urban design and architecture projects in the U.S., Africa, and the Middle East, Osili serves on a number of civic boards in the community 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.