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David Harris

Founder and CEO, The Mind Trust


David launched The Mind Trust in 2006 with former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson to help create an education landscape in Indianapolis that would give every child the opportunity to receive an excellent education. Under his leadership, The Mind Trust has impacted more than 93,000 students, with The Indianapolis Star declaring it “at the center of the reform movement in Indianapolis.”

Before starting The Mind Trust, David spent five years as Peterson’s Charter Schools Director, where he built a charter school office that received Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award. He joined Peterson’s team after practicing law with the Indianapolis firm of Baker & Daniels and leading efforts to draft the Peterson Plan, the mayor’s 1999 strategy for running city government.

David received a BA from Northwestern University and a law degree from Indiana University. David holds a seat on the State of Indiana’s Charter Schools Review Panel and serves on the advisory boards of Western Governors University Indiana and Teach For America Indianapolis.

In 2007, David was among 25 education leaders selected for the Aspen Institute and NewSchools Venture Fund’s inaugural Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Program. David has received College Summit’s ‘Let Talent Shine Award’, ‘Teachers’ Treasures Caring Spirit Award’ and ‘Indy’s Best and Brightest Award’ from Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. He has also been named one of Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and was the inaugural winner of the St. Richard’s Episcopal School’s Eugene S. Pulliam Founders Medal for alumni who “demonstrate creative leadership and service that has benefited society.”