Indianapolis-based Nonprofit Elects Two New Board Members
Nonprofit Indiana Connected By 25 is pleased to announce the election of Heather Neal and Beth Bray to the organization’s Board of Directors. Indiana Connected By 25 is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit focused on ensuring that every foster child in Indiana has the skills needed to succeed by the age of 25.
Heather Neal is President of the Public Affairs Practice at Limestone Strategies. She has served in leadership positions with five statewide elected officials, including then-Secretary of State Todd Rokita, former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, and the last two Governors of Indiana, Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence.
Beth Bray is a Program Officer with the Walton Family Foundation overseeing K-12 investments in four Midwestern states and Indianapolis. In 2016, Beth led the creation of the Building Equity Initiative, a $250 million strategic investment fund established by the Walton Family to help charter schools access affordable facilities. Prior to joining the Foundation, Beth served as the Director of Charter Schools under Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, overseeing the Mayor’s Office’s 24 public charter schools. She began her career in public policy as a researcher and lobbyist for The Children’s Bureau before joining the charter schools team under former Mayor Bart Peterson.
“I am pleased to welcome Beth and Heather as new Board members,” said Indiana Connected By 25 CEO Brent Kent. “Both bring a wealth of expertise in public policy and advocacy on behalf of young people in Indiana. Their experience fighting for improved outcomes for disadvantaged youth in our public schools will be a tremendous asset to Indiana Connected By 25 as we further our mission of helping foster youth successfully transition into adulthood.”
The Indiana Connected By 25 Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from the nonprofit, business, legal and academic communities of Indiana. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of Indiana Connected By 25, while raising awareness of the organization’s work on behalf of foster youth.