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David Harris is the founder and CEO of The Mind Trust. Under his leadership, the Mind Trust has attracted and invested over $17 million to champion education innovation and reform in Indianapolis. Since its launch in 2006, The Mind Trust has supported the Indianapolis launch of 11 high-impact entrepreneurial education ventures, supported critical research and policy work designed to improve the climate for education innovaction, and garnered widespread attention from local and national media, with The Indianapolis Star declaring that The Mind Trust is "at the center of the reform movement in Indianapolis." Previously, David served as then-Mayor Bart Peterson's charter schools director, where he built one of the nation's most highly regarded charter school offices; the initiative received Harvard University's prestigious Innovations in American Government Award in 2006. David has received College Summit's "Let Talent Shine Award, as well as a Junior Achievement of Central Indiana's Indy's Best and Brightest Award. He has also been named one of the Indianapolis Business Journal's Forty Under 40 and was the inaugural winner of the St. Richard's Episcopal School's Eugene S. Pulliam Founder's Medal for alumni who "demonstrate creative leadership and service that has benefited society." David previously served as an assistant deputy mayor for planning. He practiced law with the Indianapolis firm Baker and Daniels, where he was one of the chief researchers and drafters of the Peterson Plan, the Mayor's 1999 strategy for running city government. He also worked as a Governor's Fellow under Governor Evan Bayh and was a Lyndon B. Johnson intern in the office of Congressman Andrew Jacobs, Jr. He received a bachelor's degree in poltiical science from Northwestern University and a law degree from Indiana University School of Law. David serves on the boards of the Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation and Teach Plus, and he holds a seat on the State of Indiana's Charter Schools Review Panel. He also serves on the advisory board of Western Governors University Indiana and the local advisory boards of Teach for America. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.