Turae comes to PUP with extensive background as a political operative and non profit manager with experience in implementing complex projects and events for key community stakeholders. A native Hoosier, she began her career with the Indiana General Assembly serving as a legislative aide to the Ways and Means Committee Chair.
Additionally, she has worked with several non-profit organizations in Cincinnati, OH and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Washington, DC.
Turae has been a big fan of PUP since our work with the Super Bowl and has served our Board of Directors. She holds a B.S in Political Science, B.A. in International Studies and MPA all from University of Evansville. In her spare time she enjoys discovering new things in Indianapolis.
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC DESIGN
Michael works extensively in both design and film, aiming to raise the caliber and conversation of both industries in Indianapolis.
He has presented PUP's work across North America, including Design Boom in New York, Brightworks Innovation Day in Toronto, and Creative Mornings in Indianapolis, among others. Through PUP, Michael served as the Steering Committee Co-Chair for Indy Rezone, the city's first comprehensive zoning update since the late 1960s.
His production design work (here) was most recently featured in the first season of Netflix's Russian Doll for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Production Design. His recent work also includes the Sundance hits Results and Computer Chess, the Toronto-premiering Beneath the Harvest Sky, and Ari Shaffir's Netflix special Double Negative. He holds a Master in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. He and Jessica are twins.
Jessica started with PUP in late 2009, working initially as a product designer. She now oversees all product development - from material sourcing to prototyping - ensuring that PUP continues to deliver awesome, high-quality products.
Additionally, Jessica works independently as an interior designer. In this capacity, she has worked for Lohr Design and Rowland Design in Indianapolis. She studied Interior Design at Ball State University and is LEED Certified. She and Michael are twins.
Jason is from Morristown, Indiana. After completing a tour in Iraq he returned to his hometown and decided to disrupt the relatively quiet small town with a three day, multi-stage music festival in the town’s local park. For eight years Morristown was treated to a variety of local and touring bands alongside movies, artists, and local food trucks.
In addition to PUP, Jason works as a tour guide at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He studied geography/urban planning and event management at IUPUI. He lives on the westside with his fiancée alongside five cats and a goldfish.
LEAD PRODUCT DESIGNER
Amy grew up on a Missouri farm where making something from nothing was often a necessity. She earned a degree in graphic design and remembers the smell of ink from the Iowa press where she first set type. Amy moved to Indianapolis in 2006, began sewing products in her basement in 2012 and for PUP in 2014. She likes home, travel, photography, gardens and helping creative people do good things.
Donna Sink, President // Architect, Rowland Design
Nicole Sheetz, Vice President // Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company
David Vonnegut Gabovitch, Treasurer // Principal and CFO, Browning + BRICS
Brian Phillips // Co-founder and CEO, The Basement
Teresa Sabatine // Indianapolis Film Commissioner