Profiles of Change - David Harris

David Harris

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Mind Trust

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

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