Press Releases | October 21, 2019

Councilwoman and community leader, Maggie A. Lewis, to serve on The Mind Trust Board of Directors

Indianapolis – (October 21, 2019) – The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit, today announced the election of Maggie A. Lewis to its Board of Directors. Lewis currently leads Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis (BGCI) as CEO and Executive Director. She is the first African American woman to lead the organization. Lewis has also served on the Indianapolis City-County Council since 2008, and currently represents the 10th District. Lewis was the first woman to serve as President of the Council, and held the position from 2012 to 2017.  She currently serves as the Council’s Majority Leader.

Lewis has spent her career working to engage and uplift the Indianapolis community. Prior to her role at BCGI, she was the director of quality assurance and community outreach for Centaur, Inc. She was also the executive director of Dove Recovery House and chief operating officer of Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation.

In 2013, The Mind Trust launched the Lewis Hubbard Group, a group of civic leaders focused on building awareness on the issues facing public education in Indianapolis. Under the bi-partisan leadership of Lewis and Al Hubbard, a Republican businessman and former senior Bush Administration official, the group has successfully advocated for policy solutions to improve education options in Indianapolis.

“I am proud to add a community leader and education advocate like Maggie Lewis to the board of directors,” said Jim Schumacher, The Mind Trust’s Board Chair. “Her experience and success in the private, public, and non-profit sectors will significantly contribute to our mission of creating and sustaining high-quality school options for Indianapolis students.”

Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in community health education and master’s degree in public administration, both from Indiana State University. Lewis supports several local community organizations, including International Marketplace Coalition, B.U.I.L.D., Links, Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is an active member of Mt. Paran Church.

“Simply put, Maggie Lewis is one of my political heroes,” said Brandon Brown, CEO of The Mind Trust. “I am thrilled and honored that Maggie has chosen to bring her courageous leadership to The Mind Trust’s Board of Directors to help ensure that every student in Indianapolis, no exceptions, has access to a great school.”

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