Jan. 5, 2021
Contact: Judith Cebula

Lilly Endowment names new

 program directors for community development


Indianapolis – Elyssa Campodonico-Barr and Leah Seigel are joining the staff of Lilly Endowment as program directors in community development. They begin work at the Endowment in early 2021.

In their grantmaking roles both women will help the Endowment further its efforts to enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis and in Indiana and support the Endowment’s funding of other compelling causes in community development.

“Leah and Elyssa will bring to the Endowment keen intellect and a variety of experiences working with organizations that strive to make their communities better,” said Ronni Kloth, the Endowment’s vice president for community development. “Each of these women cares deeply about the wellbeing of others and understands ways in which charitable organizations can make a difference in the lives of individuals and families and how important they are to our city and state.”

Campodonico-Barr comes to the Endowment after leading Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis as its president and CEO since May 2018.  Previously she worked as chief of staff for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and at Indiana University in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel. A graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Campodonico-Barr has consulted with organizations advocating for the rights of women and girls and supporting other humanitarian efforts. She is a native of Fort Wayne and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Seigel comes to the Endowment after a legal career with the firm Barnes and Thornburg.  She has extensive experience serving on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Happy Hollow Children’s Camp. A native of Indianapolis, Seigel is a graduate of DePauw University and Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education at Arizona State University while teaching kindergarten near Phoenix with Teach for America.

About Lilly Endowment Inc. Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J. K. Lilly and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with its founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion, and it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.