James Duke

Candidate for Midwest District Representative

James is The Director, Diversity and Inclusion for Indiana University Health. In this role, he is responsible for the development, implementation and effective management of all areas of IU Health’s Supplier Diversity and Affirmative Action Programs. James joined IU Health in 2010 and since that time the Diversity spend has increased by 12 million dollars annually. In addition, IU Health has been recognized by DiversityInc as a 2018 Top Hospital for Diversity, as the Mid-States Minority Supplier Diversity Advisory Council’s Regional Corporation of the Year, a Champion of Diversity by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine and Partner of the Year by Bosma Enterprises. James is also active in Diverse business organizations including the Chair of The Vizient Supplier Diversity Advisory Board, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Mid States Minority Supplier Development Council, The National Association of Women Business Owners, The Women’s Business Enterprise Council, and The Hispanic Business Council which demonstrates his commitment to improving the quality of life for all people in the community.

In his “spare time”, James is the President and CEO of the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis (The 100). James has been a member of the organization since 2001. With a strong passion for youth development, James truly believes that “What They See is What They’ll Be.” He knows that without proper guidance, direction and mentoring of our youth today, our future will be in jeopardy. Whether it is fundraising, friend-raising, or family-building, James is committed to doing what it takes to make a difference in our youth and their families. James has led The 100 in areas of program creation, organizational rebranding and infrastructure upgrading. James is also the Chair of The 100s Beautillion Militaire Scholarship Program that recently awarded over 300 thousand dollars in scholarships to the participants. Under his leadership, The 100 was recently awarded a 1.2-million-dollar sustainability grant from The Lilly Endowment as well as over 200 thousand dollars during the Covid-19 and Social Justice related activities.

James is a proud graduate of The Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Class XXXIX! James is also very active with The Eastern Star Church, UNCF, The African American Coalition of Indianapolis, The Center for Leadership Development, Indianapolis Black Alumni Council and Morehouse College Alumni Association.

James is a native of Indianapolis, IN and a Graduate of Morehouse College with a degree in Business Administration.