THE DANIELSLEADERSHIP PRIZE

Martha Lamkin

Martha Lamkin served as the founding president, CEO and member of the board of directors of Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc. from its launch in 2000 until her retirement in 2007. Lumina Foundation is an Indianapolis-based, private foundation with assets of approximately $1.3B. It strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access and success in education beyond high school.
 
Lamkin chairs the Boards of Directors of the Indianapolis Symphony Society and the Gateway to College National Network, headquartered in Portland, OR.  She was appointed to the board of the Indiana Education Savings Authority by Governor Mitch Daniels and is a member of the Boards of Directors of Christel House International, Inc.; Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana Region Advisory Board; and Tourism Tomorrow, Inc. (TTI), for which she chairs the MusicCrossroads initiative. 
 
Lamkin helped develop the concept of Lumina Foundation while serving as executive vice president of USA Group, Inc., which she joined in 1991 and on whose board she served.  Lamkin previously served as president of the Cummins Foundation, Columbus, Ind.; executive director of corporate responsibility and government affairs of Cummins; and manager of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indiana office.  Lamkin, an attorney, served as a trustee and chair of The Indianapolis Foundation and the Central Indiana Community Foundation, helping to found CICF and its Women’s Fund.  She served on the board of directors of the Council on Foundations and chaired its public policy committee. She has served on boards of several corporations, nonprofit organizations and higher-education institutions, including Meridian Mutual Insurance Company, Christian Theological Seminary and the Independent Colleges of Indiana. Long devoted to music, Lamkin served on the board of Cathedral Arts, Inc. and helped launch the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1978.
 
Lamkin was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governors Orr and Daniels.  She is a member of The Indiana Academy and serves on its Board of Regents.