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Sagamore has served as Indiana’s think tank for 20 years. Yet, some of our leadership participated in Hudson Institute’s tenure as an Indiana-based think tank (1984-04) as well. This rich history has proven our dual value proposition—a think tank that can use ideas to fuel innovation at home while exporting Indiana’s solutions-oriented approach to leaders across the nation and globally.

Our Leadership

 Sagamore President Teresa Lubbers and Board Chair Allison Barber bring decades of experience from various Indiana and Washington DC leadership positions.

Teresa Lubbers


Allison Barber

Board Chair

Board Members

Dayton Molendorp

Vice Chair

Hon. Dan Coats

Board of trustees

Dan Peterson

Board of trustees

Craig Westrick


Tim George

Board of trustees

Doug Wilson

Board of trustees

Claudia Cummings


Sam Odle

Board of trustees

Jean Wojtowicz

Board of trustees


Workforce 2040: Pathways to Prosperity

Workforce 2040: Pathways to Prosperity will examine key workforce trends that will challenge our economy, particularly for the Heartland states surrounding the Great Lakes, and with a special focus on our home state of Indiana. The project will examine demographic trends including:  the make-up of the population over the next two decades; the nature of work and influence of technology advancements; and the impact of globalization on jobs. Most importantly, the project team will craft several potential scenarios and accompanying strategies that can help Indiana and the Great Lakes region survive and even thrive in those coming changes. 

MIDwest defense forum

Sagamore Institute’s Midwest Defense Forum was formed to consider topics of grand strategy, the challenges of the current legislative process, the task of expanding our nation’s defense industrial base, required changes to our nation’s military force structure in light of the current threats and the vital role of the midwest region in our nation’s ongoing quest to “form a more perfect Union.” 


Indiana Conference on Citizenship

While most think tanks are based in Washington, DC, Sagamore selected Indiana as its home base to place a priority on citizens and state-level innovation over federal action. The Indiana Conference on Citizenship is an annual event aimed at improving citizen engagement and advancing innovative solutions to the state’s biggest challenges.



Sagamore has formed an operating partnership with Indianapolis-based Metaimpact to advance digital tools to scale impact networks taking aim at sustainability solutions, economic development and health equity. 


Minority Entrepreneurship

Emil Ekiyor leads Sagamore’s efforts to help close the wealth gap in Indiana by bolstering minority entrepreneurship. He is seen here with three entrepreneurs who received capital from Sagamore’s impact investments. Emil operates InnoPower and he hosts an annual Minority Business Week conference featuring dozens of speakers and hundreds of participants annually.

Sagamore operates a scholarship program that awarded $7 million to over 2,500 students last year. Scholarships for Education Choice, 
which serves 70 private schools in Indiana, is certified by the State of Indiana and enables parents to choose the school that best meets their child’s needs.

Scholarships for Education Choice

Since 2011, Sagamore’s Scholarships for Education Choice has awarded $67 million to support 24,000 Indiana K-12 students who sought high quality education at private schools. The program offers a 50% tax credit to Indiana donors who desire to provide this educational opportunity for Indiana’s low- to middle-income families.


Indiana and the World

One of Sagamore’s chief value contributions is bringing the world to Indiana and helping Indiana extend its reach to the world. This activity has ranged from helping the state’s trade partnerships with Asian nations, deploying Indiana’s farming techniques in Africa and fostering educational diplomacy by bringing talented teachers from around the world to Indiana K-12 schools via J-1 Visas.

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Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis

Purposeful Design operates as a division of Sagamore with the twin mission of making high quality custom furniture while rebuilding the lives of their craftsmen who come from prison and homelessness. PD was awarded $4.5M from the Lilly Endowment as part of its innovative Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis grant program.


Improving Mental Health

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed legislation at the Indiana Mental Health Roundtable’s 2023 inaugural summit infusing $100M in new funding to expand the state’s mental health infrastructure. The Roundtable was active in support the policy development and continues to help shape implementation in addition to its efforts to deepen research, bolster the ecosystem and catalyze innovation through impact investments.


Sagamore Internship Program

Sagamore selects undergraduate and graduate school interns who are from Indiana or who attend Indiana colleges and universities. Interns are assigned to a senior member of the Sagamore team which provides a front row seat in the think tank’s operations and policy initiatives. 



Sagamore board chair Allison Barber serves as president of the WNBA Indiana Fever.  As the team welcomed Caitlin Clark to Indianapolis after selecting her first overall in the WNBA draft, the city’s history of sports-driven economic development opened a exciting new chapter.

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