Former Madisonian Jason Shelley is among 25 people chosen for the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series, a nine-month program.

Shelley is executive director of the Indiana and Indianapolis chapters of the American Institute of Architects.

The leadership series seeks to expand the ranks of community leaders by teaching and motivating members to address the needs of central Indiana.

"I am grateful and honored to have been chosen to participate in SKL, and look forward to learning how I can be a more effective leader and play a role in helping move Indianapolis forward," Shelley said.

SKL class members are chosen because of their community involvement and professional achievement; their demonstrated interest in community issues; a record of participation and achievement in voluntary community activities; and their willingness to expand their leadership role in the community.

Shelley, 43, leads the 700-member trade organization for architects statewide and has been instrumental in advocating the important role good design plays in developing successful communities and businesses.

He has testified at the Statehouse about the benefits of sustainable design and preserving historic structures.

The class will meet monthly through June. Participants will interact with local leaders, professional experts and community decision makers to discuss issues such as the region's quality of life, education and economic development.

The series is named in honor of Stanley K. Lacy, an Indianapolis banker and active participant in civic projects, who died in an automobile accident in 1973 at the age of 27.

Shelley is the son of Deanna Shelley and the late Charles Shelley.