Philippa Guthrie filed today as a Democratic candidate for Bloomington City Council District 4. Guthrie is currently Vice President and General Counsel for the Indiana University Foundation. She earned a JD from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and an MPA in Environmental Policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
“Like so many of us, I chose to make Bloomington my home almost 26 years ago because I fell in love with this city,” said Guthrie. “I pledge to put all of my skills as a listener, thinker, lawyer, negotiator, advocate, and writer to use for the benefit of District 4 neighborhoods and the entire community, helping to make Bloomington the best that it can be.”
Guthrie’s priorities for Bloomington have grown out of her broad professional and volunteer experiences. She is focused on creating a welcoming climate for new businesses, encouraging environmental sustainability, and building a social services model to address the underlying issues that prevent individuals from becoming self-sufficient.
“We have incredible assets to build on here, in our people, institutions, businesses, and natural environment. With collaboration and imagination, we can be a model for other cities,” said Guthrie. “It’s an exciting time, lots of changes, and I want to ensure that the people of our district play a critical role in the conversation. I hope they will allow me to serve as their representative.”
As a board member and former chair of Centerstone, Inc., (formerly the Center for Behavioral Health), Guthrie has helped it grow into the largest community mental health organization in the country. She currently serves on IU’s Campus Sustainability Advisory Board and chairs the Volunteers in Medicine board. Guthrie also served on the Bloomington Growth Policies Plan Steering Committee and the Bloomington Environmental Commission, participated in Bloomington’s Citizens’ Academy, and is the Perry 14 Precinct Chair. She previously worked at Ice Miller and Arvin Industries.
Guthrie and her husband, Alex Tanford, an IU Professor, have a daughter, Philippa, and a son, James, who are both in college.
Campaign contact: Philippa M. Guthrie