INDIANAPOLIS – (December 7, 2020) – EmpowerED Families, an Indianapolis nonprofit that builds family power to fight for high-quality education, has hired Tiera Hollanquest as Director of Operations. As part of EmpowerED Families’ founding team, Hollanquest will create operational and financial systems for the organization to successfully launch and thrive.

Hollanquest will lead the creation of EmpowerED Families’ operations systems prior to the organization’s launch in summer 2021. She will work closely with EmpowerED Families’ Executive Director Ontay Johnson to create policies and procedures that set the organization up for long-term success and sustainability. The role’s main components include operations and administration, finance and accounting, and technology support.

Previously, Hollanquest was a Finance Analyst with the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation, where she oversaw the financial health of 40 Mayor-sponsored charter schools. She also played a role in financial planning, daily operations, and evaluating charter school renewals and applications. Hollanquest also served as a Case Manager under United States Senator Joe Donnelly.

“Tiera is the perfect complement to what EmpowerED Families wants to achieve in education equity for families. Her skill set, curiosity and passion for the work is very exciting,” said Ontay Johnson, Executive Director of EmpowerED Families.

Hollanquest earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame with a major in economics and a minor in public policy. She is formerly an advisory board member with the Indiana Department of Education and a current board member of Project Azul. She volunteers with Dress for Success and Circle City Fellows.


About EmpowerED Families

EmpowerED Families builds Indianapolis parent and family power and voice through relationships and rallying behind the strengths of parents to weave together the home, school, and community, in order to fight for educational equity. EmpowerED Families listens, organizes, and educates parents to bring the change they want to see in the Indianapolis education system. To learn more, visit