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David Harris
Executive Vice President, Christel House International

As Executive Vice President at Christel House International, David will lead the development and execution of the Christel House expansion policy. He previously served as a partner at City Fund, working with local leaders to create innovative public school systems. For nearly 20 years he worked to reshape Indianapolis’ K-12 public education system. In 2001, then-Mayor Bart Peterson appointed Harris as Indianapolis’ first charter school director. Together, Peterson and Harris built the Indianapolis Mayor’s Charter School Initiative, which won Harvard’s prestigious Innovations in American Government award in 2006. In 2006, Harris founded The Mind Trust and served as its CEO until 2018. The Mind Trust drove sweeping changes in education in Indianapolis and became a template for city-based education nonprofits across the country.

A native of Indianapolis, David earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Indiana University.