(INDIANAPOLIS) — R. Mark Lawrance will return to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in May as vice president of engagement and innovation policy.

Lawrance served as director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute from 2014 until earlier this year, guiding the comprehensive Thriving Communities, Thriving State initiative that was released in March and other important research and programs.

An Indianapolis native, Lawrance spent more than 13 years at the Indiana Chamber beginning in 2000. He previously guided the efforts of the Indiana Chamber Foundation and, among other roles, represented members on local government and technology issues. In his new position, Lawrance will advocate in the critical economic development, infrastructure and technology areas, lead efforts on the Indiana Vision 2025 long-range economic development action plan and work with organizations on their collaborations with the Indiana Chamber.

“We’re pleased to welcome Mark back to the Indiana Chamber,” states Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “His experience, relationships and knowledge about what it takes for Indiana to move forward are obvious assets that will benefit both our members and partners. Mark was one of the keys to the launch and early victories in Indiana Vision 2025, and it’s wonderful to have him focused once again on its success.”

Lawrance graduated from Indiana University with a degree in public affairs. He was a vice president of the MCL restaurant chain before first coming to the Indiana Chamber.

“This indeed is like coming home for me,” Lawrance says. “I’m passionate about doing what I can to help create the best possible Indiana for today and future generations – and the Indiana Chamber is a perfect place to continue to do just that.”

Lawrance will begin his work with the Indiana Chamber on May 16.

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The Indiana Chamber partners with 24,000 members and investors – representing over four million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”

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