Executive Director

Jodi Golden was appointed the Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch on June 7, 2017. 

OCRA works with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to aid communities in shaping and achieving their vision for economic development. It serves as the trusted advisor, resource and convener for Indiana’s communities through grant funding and economic development programs. In 2017, OCRA awarded more than $28 million to Indiana communities which was then matched with an additional $53 million of local and private funds. 

Before being appointed to OCRA, she previously served as Executive Director of both the Illinois Capital Development Board and the Indiana Education Savings Authority. In addition, she served as Trustee of the Indiana Public Retirement System and as Deputy Finance Director of the Indiana Republican Party. Golden began her career in the Illinois General Assembly, first as a Policy Analyst for the Illinois House of Representatives and then Legislative Assistant for the Illinois Senate. 

Golden has been involved in community and leadership organizations including the Illinois Women in Leadership and the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.  

A native of Danville, Illinois, Jodi Golden holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication: Public Relations and a Masters of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.