Joanna Taft serves as Founding Executive Director of the Harrison Center, a cultural development corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is Founder of Herron High School and creator of civic initiatives such as the Cultural Entrepreneur Internship, City Gallery: Indy's Urban Living Center, and PreEnactment Theater. She also serves on Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals (Chair), Indianapolis Library Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation and the Katharine B. Sutphin Foundation. For these endeavors, she has received the Indianapolis Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the Girls Inc. Touchstone Award, Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Council of Indianapolis ARTI Award, Jefferson Award, and two Cultural Vision awards.