Press Releases | December 17, 2021

The Mind Trust hires Manager of Community Engagement

The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis based nonprofit, today announced the hiring of Edward Rogers as Manager of Community Engagement. In this role, Rogers will manage special projects and events for the engagement team and help develop and maintain relationships with schools and community organizations.

“The Mind Trust is thrilled to add Ed Rogers to our community engagement team and we look forward to the impact he will make,” said Shannon Williams, Executive Vice President of The Mind Trust. “Our community engagement team partners with schools, neighborhood organizations, churches, and other community partners to expand resources for students and families. Ed’s skills will help us continue to deepen our impact in the community.”

As Manager of Community Engagement, Rogers will plan community engagement events, help coordinate special projects and initiatives, work with community organizations to deepen The Mind Trust’s understanding of their priorities, and provide engagement support to the organization’s education Fellows. He will spearhead The Mind Trust’s Neighborhood Education Advocate initiative, which will serve three targeted neighborhoods to develop relationships with neighbors, community organizations, business owners, and schools to deepen community understanding of education topics and identify and solve problems.

Rogers most recently served as Program Manager and Director of Volunteer Services for Indiana Black Expo, Inc., where he managed youth programs and strategic initiatives like the Performing Arts Academy, the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, and the Annual Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic Fundraisers Program. He has also held previous roles in customer service and outreach for Brown Mackie College, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance, Indiana University Health, and Indiana State University.

Rogers holds a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Health Administration from Indiana State University and an MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He volunteers with the Catch the Stars Foundation as a resource development committee board member.

“The Mind Trust knows that we have to build relationships and work alongside parents, students, and community members to make a real, lasting impact on school improvement. Ed is a wonderful coalition builder who can make our team’s goals a reality,” said Lauren I. Peterson, Senior Director of Community Engagement of The Mind Trust.