Secretary of Commerce, State of Indiana
Jim Schellinger is the Secretary of Commerce for the state of Indiana, serving as a member of Governor Eric Holcomb’s cabinet and leading the state’s domestic and international economic development.
Secretary Schellinger previously served as president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation under Governor Mike Pence, helping lead Indiana business growth and Hoosier job creation efforts as well as key initiatives like the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative and the state’s $1 Billion Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. Schellinger was appointed to the role in August 2015 after serving two years as a member of the IEDC Board of Directors.
Prior to serving the state in his current role, Secretary Schellinger most recently served as the Chairman/CEO of CSO Architects, a 58-year-old architectural firm, where he practiced architecture since 1984. Under Schellinger’s leadership, CSO led landmark projects such as the Indianapolis International Airport, the JW Marriott, and the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.
He is also a member of the Dean’s Council for IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs; board member for The International Center and TechPoint; and member of Governor Holcomb’s Executive Council on Cybersecurity. Schellinger has served on numerous civic boards including the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board where he led the new Stadium and Convention Center taskforce, The Archdiocese of Indianapolis Catholic Community Foundation Board, and the Super Bowl Host Committee. Schellinger is a member of AIA as well as the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Secretary Schellinger has received numerous honors and awards. He was recognized twice with the Sagamore of the Wabash in 2004 and 2016, as a Kentucky Colonel in 2009, and received the lifetime achievement award from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 2011, and recently honored with the Hungarian Knights Silver Cross of Merit in June 2018. Most recently, Secretary Schellinger was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to serve on the newly created Investment Advisory Council, where he advises on national strategies and efforts to increase foreign direct investment.
Secretary Schellinger is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. He and his wife, Laura, have three adult sons: Zack, John and Nick who, along with his wife Sally, recently welcomed twin sons.