Dave Miner

2015 Mitch Daniels Leadership Grant Winner

Dave Miner, Chair, Indy Hunger Network

Dave Miner, Indy Hunger Network Chair

The Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation and civic leader Jim Morris, the 2015 Daniels Prize winner, presented a $100,000 grant award to Dave Miner of the Indy Hunger Network on December 10 to enable a collaboration to eliminate child hunger and increase infant health in Central Indiana.  
The Indy Hunger Network is a volunteer-led group of organizations in Greater Indianapolis that promotes access for all to nutritious food through a sustainable hunger relief system.  The selection aims to further close the hunger gap in the region by supporting the Network’s collaboration with others to put a special focus on prenatal and infant nutrition.
“We are pleased Jim has chosen an organization that embodies his leadership to drive constructive change that improves the lives of Hoosier citizens, from birth on,” said Harry L. Gonso, president of the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation. “The Hunger Network partners are well positioned to work in collaboration with local, regional and state health providers and civic resources to eliminate the impact hunger has on infant health.”
The Hunger Network is chaired by Dave Miner, who has dedicated more than 30 years to reducing hunger. Previously an executive at Eli Lilly and Company and Elanco, Miner has served in leadership capacities at several local and national anti-hunger organizations including Interfaith Hunger Initiative, Bread for the World, and the Alliance to End Hunger.
Miner earned a doctoral degree in analytical chemistry from Purdue University. He joined Eli Lilly and Company upon graduation where he held a series of management roles. He retired in 2008 as a senior executive with Elanco, Lilly’s animal health subsidiary.
The Indy Hunger Network has made enormous progress toward assuring that no one in Indianapolis goes hungry. The system is now providing 40 million more meals per year in Indianapolis than it did five years ago. Among the most crucial aspects of the hunger issue is its nexus with infant mortality – the nutrition needs of expectant mothers and newborn children. Proper nutrition during the 1,000 days from conception to age
2 is among the most important factors determining everything else in the lifetime that follows.
Therefore, Jim Morris has aimed the Daniels Prize grant at closing the hunger gap in Indianapolis with a special focus on prenatal and infant nutrition, and he believes strongly that Miner is the one who can help achieve that goal.
“Dave Miner has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to bring groups and people together to solve the hunger issue,” Morris said. “I have tremendous confidence that we will make great progress with the resources of this grant.”
“I’m deeply honored that Jim has chosen the Indy Hunger Network to further his vision of solving the child hunger issue,” Miner said. “The partners in the Indy Hunger Network have made dramatic progress, both individually and collectively, towards providing enough healthy meals for all who need them. This award will enable exciting new collaborations to tackle one of the most important of actions – assuring good nutrition for mothers and their infants.”
A group of corporate, healthcare and nonprofit leaders, including Miner and Morris, already has met several times over the last few months to delve more deeply into collaborative efforts to leverage their knowledge, resources and reach to address the hunger issues involved in infant health.
Morris was selected to receive the Daniels Prize by a jury of eight distinguished men and women leaders assembled by the Foundation and chaired by Randall Shepard, former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. He has impacted Indiana and the world throughout his professional life. Most notably, Morris served as executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme from 2002-2007 in Rome, Italy. As the world’s largest humanitarian agency, the World Food Programme works to fight hunger and enhance nutrition for the poor.
During his leadership, Morris visited more than 80 countries and addressed numerous international meetings to address ways to reduce hunger on behalf of the poor, especially children.
Morris also has worked to improve Indiana through his leadership in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. For nearly 10 years, Morris has served in various leadership roles at Pacers Sports & Entertainment, which annually brings two million people to Indianapolis and hosts more than 500 events. He previously was president of Lilly Endowment Inc. (1984-1988); chairman and CEO of IWC Resources Corporation and Indianapolis Water Company (1989-2002); and chief of staff for former Indianapolis Mayor Richard G. Lugar (1967-1973).
Jury members who made the selection include former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton; Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of Notre Dame; Clark Kellogg, former member of the Indiana Pacers; former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan; Martha Lamkin, civic leader and former CEO of Lumina Foundation; former U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar; Pat Miller, civic leader and founder of Vera Bradley; and Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., M.D., M.B.A.