The Foundation Staff

The employees of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation work to support the mission of the Foundation.

Alex Cohen joined the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation as Director of Learning and Evaluation in 2016. An Indiana native, Cohen relocated to Indianapolis from New Haven, CT. Cohen received his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics with Highest Distinction from Indiana University. He went on to complete his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, where he specialized in applied econometrics and applied microeconomics.

Claire Fiddian-Green joined the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Previously, Fiddian-Green served as Special Assistant for Education Innovation to Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Co-Founder of the Center for Education and Career Innovation. Fiddian-Green also served as the founding Executive Director of the Indiana Charter School Board, a statewide charter school authorizing agency created during the 2011 legislative session. Prior roles include President of The Mind Trust, Grants Officer for the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, and Senior Analyst within Eli Lilly & Company’s Corporate Finance Investment Banking group. Fiddian-Green holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She is a member of Class XXXIV of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series.

Irene Jackson joined the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation as Administrative and Financial Coordinator in 2010. Jackson holds a B.A. from Anderson University.

Kevin Kessinger joined the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation in 2016 as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Kessinger served as Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration at DePauw University, where he oversaw finance and accounting functions, including accounts payable, student accounts, accounting, budget, endowment accounting, and insurance and risk management. Kessinger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University-Bloomington and his Master of Business Administration, Cum Laude, with a concentration in corporate finance from the University of Notre Dame. Previously, Kessinger served as Controller at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Susan Luse joined the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation in 2005 and now serves as Program Administrator. Prior to joining the Foundation, Luse was employed by the Regenstrief Foundation. She also has 10 years of sales and marketing experience in the food manufacturing industry. Luse holds a B.S. from Purdue University.

Ellen Quigley joined the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation as Grants Officer in 2010 and was named Vice President of Programs in 2015. Quigley was formerly Chief of Staff for the Office of Congressman André Carson and Deputy Mayor for Community Affairs with the City of Indianapolis under Mayor Bart Peterson. Quigley also practiced law in two Indianapolis law firms. Quigley holds a B.A. in English from Indiana University and a J.D. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Indiana University School of Law.

Scott Semester joined the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation as Executive Assistant in 2016. Mr. Semester previously served as Administrative Director/Chief of Staff of Shalom Health Care Center. Mr. Semester holds a B.A. from Indiana University.

Sarah Sullivan joined the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation as Program Officer in 2015 after serving as Deputy Director of Applications for the Indiana Charter School Board, the statewide charter school authorizing agency. Ms. Sullivan holds her B.A. in Communications from DePauw University.