As The Mind Trust’s Senior Vice President of Community Engagement, Shannon Williams leads The Mind Trust’s initiatives to engage, empower, and invest in communities that are most affected by education change in Indianapolis. She oversees initiatives like The Mind Trust’s Education Bus Tours and Community Conversations, which give families and community members the opportunity to learn about crucial issues facing Indianapolis schools. She also works with key groups of civic and community leaders to build understanding about The Mind Trust’s work.
Previously, Williams served for eight years as president of the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, one of the nation’s oldest African-American-owned newspapers, and the Indiana Minority Business Magazine. She held numerous leadership roles during her 18-year tenure at the publication.
Throughout her extensive career, Williams has received numerous local and national awards for her journalism, community advocacy, and leadership. She volunteers in various capacities and serves on multiple nonprofit boards, historically becoming the first African-American to serve on the Hoosier State Press Association board. Williams is also a member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Circle City Chapter of the Links in addition to being a graduate a Jackson State University.