Thomas Hiatt, M.A.'18

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Tom Hiatt


Tom Hiatt (M.A.’18) has held leadership positions in private and public companies as well as nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years. 

Tom's work in the nonprofit field began with The Ford Foundation, where he served as assistant to the representative for the foundation's field office in Pakistan between 1972-1975. Locally, Tom played a leadership role in founding two local nonprofits: Friends of Holliday Park and the Indianapolis branch of Grameen America, an organization which has provided more than $30 million in micro-loans to women living at or below the poverty line in central Indiana.

Tom currently serves on the board of trustees of World Learning, Inc. and is the past board chair of the organization. In addition, Tom is the former chair of the board of trustees of Newfields (formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art). He and his wife Nora are currently chairing a $90 million fundraising campaign for Newfields. 

In the for-profit sector, Tom currently serves as a director of Lake City Bank, a publicly traded financial institution based in Warsaw, IN, and chairs the bank's compensation committee. He also serves on the bank’s governance committee. 

Prior to his retirement from Centerfield in 2017, Tom was a founding partner of Centerfield Capital, one of the largest private equity firms based in Indiana. Tom raised and invested capital in a number of privately held firms across a wide variety of industries. In the process, he has served as a director of a number of private and publicly held companies, including firms in the financial services, health care, manufacturing, information technology, and business services industries.

Tom graduated magna cum laude from Wabash College where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds an MSc from the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he served as editor of the Sloan Management Review. He received a master’s degree in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2018.