Jeff Papa, Mensa Foundation Trustee

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Appointed a Trustee in 2022, Jeff Papa is Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the Indiana Senate. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Mensa Research Journal in 2021.

First joining American Mensa in 1996, Dr. Papa is a member of the Central Indiana Mensa chapter. He has a rich association with education and with the community of Zionsville, Ind., where besides serving as its first mayor, he has served as President of the Town Council and President of the Board of Police Commissioners. He is president of the Youth Enhancement Training Initiative, Inc., which operates an orphanage in Nepal, and serves on the Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees.

After earning his B.S. from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and M.A. from Ball State University, Dr. Papa received his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Administration from Indiana State University, as well as a graduate certificate in Higher Ed and Student Affairs from IU-Bloomington. He has also completed the Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership at Marian University.

Dr. Papa previously was an attorney with Barnes & Thornburg, practicing immigration law, and served two terms as chair of the Indiana chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, as well as two terms on the national board of governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. A distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Dr. Papa earned his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, as well as an LL.M. degree concentrated in intellectual property law.