- College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2021)
Tiffany R. Benjamin is senior director of social impact and president of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation. She joined Eli Lilly and Company in 2013. In her current role, she manages the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts, disaster relief efforts, global health initiatives, environmental, social and governance strategy, and community civic engagement.
In 2020, she led the company’s global philanthropic efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as its philanthropic efforts to address racial inequity in the United States. Prior to this role, she served in various roles within the legal function, including senior director of litigation and legal compliance; assistant general counsel for the assistant corporate secretary; and anti-corruption counsel and legal counsel on the company’s privileged internal investigation process.
Prior to joining Lilly, Benjamin served as senior investigative counsel for the Democratic staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, working on investigations into national matters including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Walmart-Mexico bribery allegations, the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Before joining the committee, she worked as an attorney in the D.C. office of King and Spalding, handling white collar matters and government investigations.
In addition to her bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from IU, Benjamin has a law degree from Harvard Law School. She serves on the board of Visit Indy, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the 2024 NBA All-Star Game Committee, and the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative.
Benjamin lives in Indianapolis with her husband, three children, and a rambunctious flat-coated retriever.