The Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Education Foundation has selected a new executive director. Stephannie Bailey brings more than 20 years of experience to this position, which spans across both private and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Bailey served as the associate executive director for Delta Upsilon Educational Foundation, the fundraising arm of an international fraternity. She boasts a successful background in fundraising, business development and sales, and is known for her ability to train and lead high-performance teams. 

Stephannie Bailey

Bailey’s first day was April 9, 2018, and she has wasted no time meeting with the IPS Education Foundation’s board of directors and other district officials. As she’s brought up to speed on current projects and upcoming events, Bailey says, “I’m a collaborative leader, and in this role my goal is to work with key stakeholders in our community to fulfill our mission of impacting IPS classrooms through philanthropic investments. I’m excited to meet with education advocates in and around Indianapolis — there’s an opportunity for great work to be done.”

The IPS Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) whose mission is to connect classrooms with community resources. “High-quality, innovative learning environments are critical to the success of our students and the IPS Education Foundation is positioned to help us support this goal,” said IPS Superintendent, Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “We are excited to welcome Stephannie Bailey as the new executive director.”

Miles Nelson, IPS Education Foundation Board President shares, “Stephannie Bailey brings with her an expertise in educational philanthropy that the board felt would help her lead the IPS Education Foundation into a new season of giving. We know she will engage the community and strengthen relationships across Indianapolis, increasing philanthropic contributions that will ultimately benefit students and classrooms throughout the IPS district.”

Baily and her family reside within the IPS district and her husband also works as a high school special education teacher. Together, they have a rising freshman who will attend Herron High School during the 2018-19 school year.