It would be an understatement to refer to Marla as a “go getter”. After studying Sociology and Gender Studies at Indiana University, Marla was selected by the Georgia Governor’s Office at the age of 26 to develop and deliver an impact evaluation process and training curriculum to the leadership and front-line workers at all 46 certified domestic violence providers throughout the state of Georgia. She spent two years helping to re-align the state’s process for evaluating the impact of those organizations while also serving as a nonprofit Associate Director—just the first of many reasons we felt so comfortable entrusting her with great responsibility at Hedges.

“I absolutely love taking a human-centered approach to planning by involving the community in helping a nonprofit to identify how to best solve a problem. I think we’re always better together.”

She went on to complete coursework at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, earned a certificate in Design Thinking from the Stanford University d.school, and participated in the LEAD Leadership Education and Development program through Leadership Indianapolis. Before joining Hedges in 2013, she worked as the Grants and Communication Coordinator at the Domestic Violence Network.

Marla currently serves as the Board Chair for Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People and has coordinated the Annual Homeless Persons Memorial Service for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) as a volunteer since 2013. An advocate for equality, Marla firmly believes “that every person has equal value and should have equal opportunity, regardless of their background or circumstance.” She is committed to doing whatever is in her power to see that come to fruition.

A voracious reader, in her downtime Marla is persistently expanding her perspective on global issues as well as arts and culture. She also enjoys exploring the myriad of local amenities with her husband, Alex, from the performing arts theaters, to museums, to the undiscovered gems of Indianapolis’ culinary landscape.