(INDIANAPOLIS) — A fundraising professional with recent ties to Ball State University is the new executive director of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Christy Huston had been serving as director of development for the Miller College of Business at Ball State. In that role, she worked as a foundation fundraiser for the College. Previously, she was the executive director of a local K-12 education foundation and director of development of a statewide nonprofit organization.

This is Huston’s second stint with the Indiana Chamber, having lobbied for the organization on economic development issues from 1988-1995. A Brownsburg resident, Huston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.

“Christy has worked extensively with donors, frequently teaming with the dean of the Business School and recently retired President Gora. She brings extensive experience in foundation fundraising and administration, plus possesses a strong understanding of pro-jobs, pro-economy public policy. We are thrilled to welcome her back in this important position,” says Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar.

The Indiana Chamber’s foundation, established in 1981, provides leadership through practical policy research to improve the state’s economic climate. The Indiana Vision 2025 long-range economic development plan and recent studies focusing on Indiana’s water supply and school counseling are products of the Foundation.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to help advance the work of Indiana Vision 2025 and am passionate about the importance of making our state an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” Huston offers. “I look forward to playing my part ​by furthering the mission of the Indiana Chamber Foundation.” 

Huston’s first day as executive director of the Indiana Chamber Foundation was August 25.

Additionally, the organization announced three duty changes. Tom Schuman, a senior staff member for the Indiana Chamber, has been promoted to senior vice president of communications and operations. Mike Ripley formally takes over lobbying for labor matters and is now the vice president of health care and employment law policy. Meanwhile, Bill Waltz, vice president of taxation and public finance, will also manage local government reform efforts going forward.

The Indiana Chamber partners with 15,000 members and investors – representing 2.6 million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”


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