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Claire Fiddian-Green
Special Assistant to the Governor for Education Innovation

Claire Fiddian-Green was named Special Assistant for Education Innovation to Indiana Governor Mike Pence in July 2013. In this role, Fiddian-Green serves on the Governor’s cabinet and is responsible for implementing the Governor’s vision for K-12 and higher education, including the development of the administration’s policy and legislative agenda. Fiddian-Green also co-leads the Center for Education and Career Innovation alongside Jackie Dowd, Governor Pence’s Special Assistant for Career Innovation. The mission of the Center for Education and Career Innovation (“CECI”), which was launched in August 2013, is to align, amplify and advance the work of Indiana’s public, private, and nonprofit K-12, higher education and workforce entities and partners to ensure Indiana is “A State That Works.”

Previously, Fiddian-Green served as the founding Executive Director of the Indiana Charter School Board (“ICSB”), a statewide charter school authorizing agency created during the 2011 legislative session. There, she was responsible for the overall planning, coordination, and supervision of the ICSB's operations, including its process for authorizing new charter schools, monitoring authorized schools and holding these schools accountable for performance. She previously served as President of The Mind Trust and Grants Officer for the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Prior to her role at the Foundation, Fiddian-Green was employed by Eli Lilly and Company as a Senior Analyst in the company’s Corporate Finance Investment Banking group, where she focused on Licensing and Mergers & Acquisitions.

In 2013, Fiddian-Green was selected to participate in the highly selective and rigorous Leaders Program operated by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (“NACSA”). In 2009, she was one of 25 emerging young leaders selected to participate in the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, a highly competitive year-long program that aims to expand the ranks of community leadership by providing class members with the knowledge and incentive to confront the needs of central Indiana. Fiddian-Green holds a B.A. from Brown University in Political Science (Honors) and Russian Studies, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University with a concentration in Finance.


Jaclyn P. Dowd
Special Assistant to the Governor for Career Innovation

Jaclyn P. Dowd is Special Assistant to Indiana Governor Mike Pence for Career Innovation. In her capacity, she serves on the Governor’s cabinet and is responsible for implementing the Governor’s strategic vision for coordination of career education and training initiatives for Indiana’s current and emerging workforce. Dowd directly oversees implementation of the Indiana Career Council where she serves as Executive Director, and is responsible for the establishment and oversight of the Indiana Works Councils. Dowd co-leads the Center for Education and Career Innovation alongside Claire Fiddian-Green, Governor Pence’s Special Assistant for Education Innovation. The mission of the Center for Education and Career Innovation (“CECI”), which was launched in August 2013, is to align, amplify and advance the work of Indiana’s public, private, and nonprofit K-12, higher education and workforce entities and partners to ensure Indiana is “A State That Works.”

Previously, Dowd served as the Deputy Commissioner of Policy, Education and Training for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development where she worked for four years. Dowd’s responsibilities included oversight of Workforce Investment Act policies, strategic alignment of youth initiatives including Indiana’s Jobs for America’s Graduates program, reformation of adult education across multiple partners, and oversight of post-secondary career and technical education. Additionally, Dowd was the executive director to Indiana’s Workforce Investment Board.

Before joining the State in May 2009, Dowd served for five years as project director for the Internship and Career Services department at Butler University. Additionally, she served as the former director of constituent services for a U.S. Congressman where she worked for seven years. Dowd has experience in policy transformation and implementation; curriculum development and instruction; state-wide reform advocacy; employer outreach; development of collaborative partnerships; and creation of counseling and assessment strategies for application in one-on-one and group settings. Dowd is a qualified practitioner of the Strong Interest Inventory® and a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.  In 2007, she was the recipient of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Indiana INTERNnet IMPACT Award for Outstanding Career Services Professional. Dowd holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and an MBA from Butler University. 

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