Thomas Major Jr., J.D., is associate general counsel at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.
In that role, he serves as Lumina’s legal lead on strategic and programmatic matters, private foundation tax issues, and matters involving employee benefits, employment, intellectual property, reputational risk and a broad array of general corporate matters.
Before joining Lumina in April 2011, Major spent more than six years in corporate law practice at Baker & Daniels (now Faegre Baker Daniels); five years as an education and workforce program consultant for clients including the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC).
He also served more than three years as IPIC’s associate director for youth and young adult initiatives, where he supported and oversaw a number of federal and privately funded education and workforce-training initiatives for low-income and otherwise underrepresented 18- to 29-year-olds.
Major earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.
He’s a co-author of Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success, published in 2016.