AWS Foundation Staff Member Named to Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute

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Indianapolis, Indiana — Mandy Drakeford, AWS Foundation Program Officer, has been selected as a member of the 2023 class of the Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute. Launched by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance in 2021, the Mutz Institute provides a leadership training experience to skill-up professionals serving in board and executive roles at foundations, corporations, and social impact organizations across Indiana.

Image of Mandy Drakeford, a white woman in her 30's with blonde hair, smiling and wearing glasses.Drakeford successfully completed a competitive application process to gain one of 23 spots in this year’s class. Drakeford has spent the last 14 years working for nonprofit organizations in Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio. She is active in the community, volunteering with Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.’s Onboard Fort Wayne program, Peace Montessori Forest School board, and NEIDAC (Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition). Fort Wayne Business Weekly recognized her as a ‘40 Under 40’ honoree in 2021. Drakeford earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and certificate in public relations from the University of Cincinnati. She also earned her accreditation in public relations from Public Relations Society of America.

 “We are living through one of the most taxing times in our history, and Indiana must have a new wave of sharp minds prepared to make substantial impact—ranging from education to economic development,” said Claudia Cummings, President and CEO of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. “This program allows us to honor John Mutz, who was integral in the founding of IPA, while developing a talent pipeline of diverse philanthropic leaders.”

The Mutz Institute is named for former Indiana Lieutenant Governor, past Lilly Endowment Inc. President, IPA founder, corporate CEO, and Indiana visionary John M. Mutz.

“The Mutz Institute will serve as a pipeline for the transformational philanthropic leaders Indiana needs now and in coming times,” said Jamie Merisotis, CEO of Lumina Foundation, one of the program’s early supporters.

Go here for a full listing of those accepted into the class of 2023 Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute:

About John M. Mutz

Born in Indianapolis, John M. Mutz is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in advertising and business management. He had a long career in business, including managing a chain of restaurants and serving as president of PSI Energy (now Duke Energy). Elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1967 and to the state Senate in 1970, he was instrumental in introducing the set of legislative reforms that came to be known as Unigov, the creation of IUPUI and the White River Park Commission, among others. From 1980-1988, he served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor, serving under Governor Robert D. Orr. Mutz later served as president of Lilly Endowment Inc. and chairman of the Lumina Foundation board of directors.

About Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

IPA is the largest association supporting effective philanthropy in Indiana. It represents a powerful network of foundations, corporations and other social investors working together to lead change, improve lives and lift communities. Members hold over $31.5 billion in assets, awarded over $2 billion last year in grants and are active in all 92 Indiana counties.

The Mutz Institute is a program of the IPA. Classes begin in January and meet once a month until October. For more information, visit