Chief Officer Karrah Herring, J.D.
Karrah (Miller) Herring is a native and resident of South Bend, IN and a proud graduate of the South Bend Community School Corporation. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from Purdue University (’05) and her Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law (’11). On November 19, 2020, Indiana governor, Eric Holcomb announced his appointment of Karrah to his cabinet as Indiana’s first-ever Chief Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity Officer for the state. In this role, she works with the governor and his team to improve state government operations as well as remove hurdles in the government workplace and services the state provides. During the foundational phase of the office, Karrah engaged with over 300 stakeholders, built the infrastructure of the office, and in conjunction with other agencies rolled out the State of Indiana's first ever Equity Data Portal. Her team's work focuses on growing statewide access and opportunity in education and economic development and enhancing employee experiences within Indiana state government’s executive branch.
Prior to joining Governor Holcomb's team, Karrah worked for the University of Notre Dame for nearly a decade and served as the Director of Public Affairs in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications. Prior to her role with Public Affairs, she served on the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Human Resources Senior Executive Leadership team as the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and University Title IX Coordinator.
Karrah has received a number of awards and recognition and serves on various boards and commissions. In 2022, the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts added Karrah to their list of over 150 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. She was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s prestigious Forty leaders under 40 2022 list and to the IBJ’s inaugural 250 influential leaders list in the same year. In 2021, she was named by the South Bend Regional Chamber as the 2021 Woman of Influence. In October of 2021, the chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Rush, asked Karrah to serve as the executive branch’s representative on the Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission on Equity and Access within Indiana Courts. Karrah is not only serving on the commission but is also chairing the subcommittee within the commission to look at pathways to the legal profession’s bench and bar for historically underrepresented groups. She is also a member of the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Equity Advisory Committee, the NASHP Population and Public Health Steering Committee and she is a member of the Board of Directors for Sunz Insurance and Sunz Holdings LLC (Bradenton, Florida).
Operations Manager Coni Hudson
Indiana native and product of Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Coni Hudson attended Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. During her time on campus, she was an active member of Mission Green, an organization devoted to creating a better and more sustainable environment, and supporter of the Center for IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity Education and Advocacy). With desire to maximize years of experience, Coni later studied Hospitality and Tourism Management at both Florida Atlantic University and Ivy Tech Community College.
Between her years of attending school in Indiana and Florida, Coni took time to tour the country with her husband, Todd Hudson (graduate of Purdue University 2009). They assumed a new home base in Honolulu, Hawaii and welcomed their first child, Noah. During her three years on the Islands, Coni fell in love with Hawaiian traditions along with the exposure to a broad global community. Upon returning to her hometown of Fishers, she welcomed her second child, Asher.
As a first generation Philippine American, Coni has connected with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Indiana, Florida, and Hawaii. Her involvement and exploration of her heritage and alike cultures has fostered a passion for multiculturalism and inclusion.
Within the Office of the Chief Equity, Inclusion & Opportunity Officer, Coni oversees operation activities on every level of the agency and is the main point of contact on incoming internal and external relations for the Chief Officer. She supervises matters of public appearances, monitoring of our media and web presence, and our lead event coordinator for any of our office's meetings, conferences, and celebrations.
Before joining Indiana’s Office of the Chief Equity, Inclusion, & Opportunity Officer, Coni served the City of Fishers with citywide resident services, an Event Coordinator for the Parks & Recreation Department, and Director of Events & Rentals at Fishers owned venue, Saxony Hall. Under Coni's leadership, Saxony Hall was voted the "Best Event Venue and Banquet Hall in Hamilton County" by Hamilton County’s daily newspaper, The Times. Coni values her past roles of coordinating nonprofit fundraising with charitable advocates and the honor of assisting with events such as the crowning of Miss Wheelchair Indiana 2020.
In her spare time, Coni appreciates spending plenty of quality bonding time with her children and husband. She enjoys listening to music and dancing at live concerts, lending her event planning expertise to community organizations and friends, baking, and travelling.
Deputy Chief and Executive Director of Workforce Engagement Joseph Pinnell
Joseph is a serve-first leader with a strong knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices. Creating a culture where everyone is welcomed, respected, valued and heard is a foundation of his work. Within the Office of the Chief Equity, Inclusion, Opportunity Officer, he is responsible for partnering with state agencies to improve equity, inclusion, and opportunity within each agency's workforce. He works directly with the Indiana State Personnel Department, Governor's Office Senior Operations Directors, and state agency equity and inclusion designates to uncover equity and inclusion 'hotspots' and design tactics to address them.
Joseph received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Commercial Recreation from the University of Florida. He spent the first half of his career in the hotel industry traveling the world working in Operations and as a Corporate Opening Trainer for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. The experience he gained in service and culture at the highest level is what sparked his passion for employee development and engagement. He learned quickly that it is not a one size fits all approach.
Most recently, Joseph worked for RDI Corporation, a large BPO based in Cincinnati, OH. There he served as the Director of Diversity and Community Engagement. He also served as Director of Employee Development and Director of Marketing for RDI at various points. Joseph successfully led the development and implementation of RDI IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership) which brought to life DEI strategies, DEI leadership councils, and affinity groups that fostered an inclusive culture. By focusing on DEI as key strategic objective, RDI was able to see employee engagement increase by 114% and attrition decrease by 130%.
Giving back to the community is also an important part of Joseph’s life. He has been a Big for Big Brother Big Sisters for over 22 years and served on the Executive Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati prior to joining the CEIOO team. He has also served on various other boards and in other capacities for charities like the American Heart Association where he met his wife, Amanda Pinnell (Mills), who is currently the Executive Director of the American Heart Association in Indianapolis.
Joseph and Amanda enjoy traveling, running, and tennis, and will combine all three whenever possible. They have one daughter, Kristyna, who is currently looking at colleges in the Hoosier State.
Deputy Chief and Executive Director of External Equity Anthony Phillips II
Anthony Phillips II received his Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University in 2011, majoring in English and minoring in African American Studies. In a complete 180° turn from his plan to become an English teacher, Anthony instead spent his career in the Data & Analytics field. In 2015, he received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Indianapolis, with an initial concentration in Finance and, later, an additional concentration in Applied Analytics.
Prior to joining Chief Officer Herring’s team as Deputy Chief & Executive Director of External Equity, Anthony worked for KIPP Indy as the Director of Data & Instruction. He was a facilitating member of the KIPP Indy Equity Working Group, leading small group discussions designed to uncover unconscious bias and center the role of KIPP Indy in combatting systemic inequities and discrimination for the sake of its students, most of whom are BIPOC.
Anthony moonlights as an Adjunct Professor in the same UIndy Evening MBA program from which he received his degree. In addition, he manages Phillips Consulting, LLC, a small consulting business in which he sells calculations that increase rental revenue projections to developers in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit industry.
For Anthony, working for the State of Indiana is a common family thread. Prior to retiring, his father worked for the Department of Revenue. His mother currently works for the Auditor of State. His wife, Jennifer, currently works for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Prior to his current role in the Office of the CEIOO, Anthony’s previous State Government experience includes stints in the Department of Transportation, Adjutant General’s Office, and Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Anthony enjoys golfing with friends, fishing with his dad, basketball with his brothers, attending events hosted by his mother, and exploring local/state parks with his wife.
Chief Data and Strategy Officer Josie Fasoldt
Josie Fasoldt is the Chief Data and Strategy Officer and oversees the full range of data-related functions for the office. Josie uses data to answer the questions necessary to inform good decision-making. For Josie, data is the key to highlighting inequities and tracking the State's progress in closing those gaps.
Josie is a native Hoosier from Putnam County, though she lived most of her childhood and early adolescence in West Africa. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Taylor University in 2011 with a focus on Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Before joining the Office of the CEIOO, Josie was the Senior Director of Engagement and Analytics for the Indiana Management Performance Hub (MPH) where she was responsible for the execution of large-scale business intelligence and data science product rollouts. Before joining the State, Josie worked at the Osborne Association in New York City, one of New York States' oldest non-profits serving individuals affected by the criminal justice system. At Osborne Josie played a critical role in the optimization and effectiveness of the agency's data process and data governance, strengthening the agency's overall impact. There she also oversaw the data analysis of the first social impact bond in the U.S., a multi-million-dollar bond funded through Goldman Sachs for an incarcerated youth cognitive-behavioral program at Rikers Island jail.
Outside of her work at the State, Josie is engaged with her local Indianapolis community, serving on the vestry of The Table Anglican Church, attending and cooking for weekly community dinners in her Bates Hendricks neighborhood, and housing asylum seekers in her home. Josie is also becoming more active within the muscular dystrophy community following her diagnosis with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) last year.
In her free time, Josie enjoys spending time with her husband Isaiah, and her children Phoebe and Ignatius. Together, they enjoy traveling anywhere and everywhere, trying new restaurants, and binge-watching HBO and Netflix shows.