The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit, has promoted Kristin Grimme to vice president of school incubation and Joe White to vice president of school support. Both will join The Mind Trust’s executive leadership team.

Since 2016, Grimme has served as senior director of school incubation. During this time, she has supported the launch of ten charter schools and Innovation Network Schools as well as the ongoing development of twelve more schools. Before joining The Mind Trust, Grimme served as director of charter schools for Mayor Greg Ballard’s Office of Education Innovation and a school improvement and turnaround specialist for the Indiana Department of Education.

She will oversee all aspects of The Mind Trust’s work supporting the launch of new high-quality schools in Indianapolis, including its groundbreaking partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools and The Mayor’s Office to grow the number of high-quality Innovation Network Schools.

White previously served as senior director of school support. Since joining The Mind Trust in 2016, he has led the partnership with the Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principals Academy Fellowship and has developed several groundbreaking initiatives that provide educators across Indianapolis with expert instructional, operational, and executive leadership support.

White previously served as executive director of The Excel Center, where he was instrumental in the charter network’s growth from one to eleven schools. He will lead the expansion of The Mind Trust’s emerging continuum of school supports, which provide access to a range of supports for existing schools and networks. This relatively new work will focus on building capacity within Indianapolis schools to ensure students have access to a world-class educational experience.

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