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Our Story

In 2004, Dan Coats was preparing to return to the United States following his service as US Ambassador to Germany and he joined Jay Hein to launch a think tank based in the American heartland’s values and geography. In contrast to the noise and rancor coming from Washington, D.C., Sagamore Institute was formed that same year to tackle difficult issues with civility and focus on solutions not ideology.

Our Model

Sagamore builds and implements solutions to society’s biggest problems. Through research, consulting, and impact investing, we connect the best ideas with leaders who can translate them into smarter public policy and entrepreneurial solutions. Then, we scale the best innovations with venture capital.

The Levey Mansion Years

Our think tank was headquartered at the Levey Mansion in Indianapolis from 2010-20.  The building was a type of Midwestern palace built in 1906 with elements of the Italian Renaissance. The parlor resembled a Louis XV style drawing room and the building served as ideal location for convening leaders and neighbors.

Anniversary Reports

Please click on the various reports below to glimpse the earlier chapters of Sagamore’s story.  Our 5th anniversary video features then-Gov. Mitch Daniels who reflects on the importance of a think tank in Indiana.  Our 10 year provides a comprehensive view of our think tank model.  And the 15 year report offers 15 stories representing our impact and influence. 

Our Leadership

Sagamore was co-founded by Dan Coats and Jay Hein in 2004.  Since then, we have welcomed two other presidents – Teresa Lubbers and Deborah Daniels – and dozens of board members who have been a mix of Indiana’s finest corporate citizens and national leaders. 

Jay Hein

Chief Executive Officer

Teresa Lubbers

President

Allison Barber

Board Chair

Rob Panos

Director of Strategic Operations | Chief of Staff

Board of Trustees

Our Prequel: Hudson Institute in Indianapolis

Hudson Institute was headquartered in Indianapolis for twenty years—1984-2004.  Founded by Herman Kahn in the early 1960s by the renowned Herman Kahn, the think tank was located in Croton-on-Hudon, New York until it moved to Indianapolis to become one of America’s first “heartland” think tanks.