Malina Simone Jeffers
Founder, Mosaic City (Indianapolis)
Lunch with strangers will change your city
You know what you’re working on. Your friends know what you’re working on. But what about everyone else? What if you had the opportunity to share how you’re making your city your own? And hear how others are forging the stories of their places? Rock, Paper, Fork is an initiative to bring people together over lunch. We build community by helping people build new relationships leading to accidentally great ideas. Entrepreneurs Mali Jeffers and Denver Hutt discuss how lunch with strangersstrategic cross-pollinations—is energizing new initiatives, creating stronger bonds and generating loyalty to place.
Mali is the founder of Mosaic City, an organization dedicated to finding creative ways to address diversity, equity, and inclusion needs in cities. Described as “The Unsegregator” by the Indianapolis Star, she started her career organizing a series of performance-based public events for underserved communities. Mali previously worked as the artist services manager at the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the director of marketing and programs at Madame Walker Theatre Center. She also uses her hometown passion in her role as Love Indy project manager for Plan 2020, Indianapolis’ bicentennial planning agenda.
Mali sits on the Board of Directors for Indiana Humanities, Big Car, The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League, and the Indiana Avenue Cultural League. She has received great recognition for her work in the cultural community, including a role as a 2013 Indianapolis delegate for the city’s Chamber of Commerce Leadership Exchange in Cologne, Germany and leadership awards from 100 Black Men and the Center for Leadership Development.
Mali studied advertising and photography at Ball State University.