Lauren I. Peterson

Senior Director of Community Engagement

25 years in education
2 years at The Mind Trust

As The Mind Trust’s Senior Director of Community Engagement, Lauren I. Peterson activates Indianapolis families, civic leaders, and community members to support and join in The Mind Trust’s goal of creating a more equitable educational landscape with meaningful input from all stakeholders.

As a key member of the community engagement team, Peterson works to empower the students, families, and community members who are most affected by changes to our education system in order to create schools that ensure equally high outcomes for all.

Peterson has more than 25 years of experience in community  engagement and business development within the public and private sectors. Before joining The Mind Trust, she spent three years as the Founding Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement with Enroll Indy, a school enrollment portal built to increase access to information and equity in the school selection process for families with students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Prior to Enroll Indy, Peterson worked in community and family outreach roles at the GEO Foundation, Education Plus Services LLC, and the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies. Peterson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marian University. She has also volunteered with several community organizations, including Latin@Leadership Board Initiatives of Marian University, Indiana Black Expo Education Conference Committee, FarEastside K-8 Education Task Force, and Special Olympics Indiana.