Press Releases | August 19, 2019

Steven Jones and Leigh Ann Pusey to serve on The Mind Trust Board of Directors

INDIANAPOLIS—(August 19, 2019)—The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit, today announced the election of Steven Jones and Leigh Ann Pusey to its Board of Directors. Jones currently serves as Dean for Professional Development and Director of the Malcolm X Institute for Black Studies at Wabash College and Pusey is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications at Eli Lilly and Company.

“We are excited to welcome Steven Jones and Leigh Ann Pusey to our Board of Directors,” said Jim Schumacher, The Mind Trust’s Board Chair. “Their wealth of experience across multiple sectors will be critical as we continue supporting the growth of high-quality schools in Indianapolis.”

Prior to his role at Wabash College, Jones worked for Indiana University Health for more than 20 years in various leadership roles. A graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, he received the Center for Leadership Development’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. In addition, he is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Program and the Indiana Healthcare Leadership Academy, and was named a Hoosier Fellow at the Randall Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wabash College.

Before working for Eli Lilly and Company, Pusey served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Insurance Association (AIA) for nearly a decade and worked in other leadership positions at AIA before heading the company. Prior to joining AIA, Pusey held several key positions in national politics, including Director of Communications for the Office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Samford University.

“We could not be more pleased to add such talented, passionate leaders to our Board,” said Brandon Brown, CEO of The Mind Trust. “Both Steven and Leigh Ann bring a diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and professional abilities that will help guide our organization forward, ensuring that we continue to expand access to great schools for all students in Indianapolis.”

About The Mind Trust

The Mind Trust is an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit that works to build a system of schools that gives every student in Indianapolis, no exceptions, access to a high-quality education. The Mind Trust does this by building a supportive environment for schools through policy and community engagement, empowering talented educators to launch new schools, and providing existing schools with the supports they need to hire world-class talent and achieve excellence. Since 2006, The Mind Trust has supported the launch of 29 schools and helped place more than 1,500 teachers and school leaders in Indianapolis classrooms. More information can be found at