Thomas Major Jr.

Associate General Counsel

Thomas Major Jr. 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.

Major serves as Lumina’s legal lead on strategic and programmatic matters, private foundation tax issues, and matters involving employee benefits, employment, intellectual property, enterprise risk, and general corporate matters.

Before joining Lumina in April 2011 Major spent more than six years in corporate law practice at Baker & Daniels (now Faegre Drinker in Indianapolis) and five years as an education and workforce program consultant for clients including the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Private Industry Council. He also served more than three years as the council’s associate director for youth and young adult initiatives, where he oversaw and supported several federal- and privately- funded education and workforce training initiatives for 18- to 29-year-olds with low incomes.

He serves on the board of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance and co-authored the first and second editions of Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success, published in 2016 and 2022, respectively.

Major earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.