133 W. Market, Unit 184
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Vop Osili is a City-County Councillor in Indianapolis, IN, representing the downtown and near-downtown district of the city and won his office with 81% of the vote in November 2011. In 2010, Vop made history after being nominated by Democrats as the first African American candidate for Indiana Secretary of State. He fought hard across the state and although he did not win the seat, his opponent was unseated after it was discovered he had committed vote fraud. At one point, Osili was ordered by the court to take the seat but ultimately the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that the Republican governor would be allowed to make a Republican appointment.
Vop graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and from Columbia University with a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Design. An architect and founder of a new architectural and development practice based in Indianapolis, A+X, LLC, he began his practice as a developer of urban properties in downtown Indianapolis, designing, financing and building several multi-family and commercial developments in the city. Vop is growing his new business by expanding it around the state, and developing projects overseas.
Indiana’s late Gov. Frank O’Bannon appointed Vop as a commissioner to the Indiana Building Services Commission (now a division of the Department of Homeland Security), a position he held for four years. He was further recognized by the Governor with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Business and Entrepreneurship. The US Small Business Administration also recognized him with a “Rising Star” award for his global vision and entrepreneurship. Vop was appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis to chair one of Indianapolis’ Board of Zoning Appeals, and co-chair its Urban Design Oversight Committee. In addition to this civic work he has served on the boards of several regional and statewide non-profit organizations.
Vop is married to Una Okonkwo Osili, a professor of economics at Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis. They are the proud parents of two children, Arinze and Tasia.