United Way of Central Indiana has named Mindi Goodpaster vice president of public policy. She will lead the organization's work to advocate for public policies that help eliminate barriers to education, financial stability, health and basic needs in our community.

Goodpaster previously served as director of public policy and advocacy for the Marion County Commission on Youth, where she advocated for sound local, state, and national youth-related policy, including leading a group of child advocacy organizations to pass the 2013 anti-bullying law and a group of stakeholders to pass the 2017 suicide prevention law. Prior to this position, she spent 11 years in Washington, D.C., where she gained experience in youth advocacy, government affairs and public relations in various roles with the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, the National Cancer Institute, Bristol-Myers Squibb and the office of Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). She began her career in child welfare in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Goodpaster is the past president of the Children’s Coalition of Indiana, a board member of the Indiana Coalition for Human Services, a 2012 graduate of Leadership United and a 2014 Journey Fellow. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Association of Counties Montgomery’s Best Award and a 2017 recipient of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advocate Award. Goodpaster earned a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in social policy, planning and administration from The Catholic University of America and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.