Maven to Know: Sara Hindi

Recently named one of Arab America Foundation’s “30 Under 30,” Sara Hindi is currently the Public Affairs Manager for the Indianapolis City-County Council.
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Sara Hindi

Born in Amman, Jordan, Sara Hindi has lived back and forth between Jordan and Central Indiana. Sara graduated from IUPUI with a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Innovation and Social Change, and in May of 2022, she was appointed as the Public Affairs Manager for the Indianapolis City-County Council where she oversees communications and media relations. Sara is also the proud alum of two local leadership programs — IndyHub’s 1828 Leadership Project Class X and Hoosier Women Forward Class 4. Over to you, Sara! 

My Maven Superpower is … a positive attitude and a strong selfie game.  

A fun fact about me is … My friends and I went skydiving last year. My mom’s response when she found out I was going: “How? You’re scared of everything.” My response: “Exactly. Just trying to be more adventurous and get out of my comfort zone.”  

The best book I’ve read lately is … Graduate school kept me away from reading for fun, but the most recent book I have read and enjoyed is “Arab Indianapolis” by Edward E. Curtis. I even wrote a review about it.

Sara Hindi with her parents
Sara Hindi with her parents

The skill I most want to learn is … how to cook.  

My first job was … a babysitter.

The best career advice I can offer isFind a mentor and be a mentor. I am grateful for the mentors that I have. They have taught me about the importance of speaking up and standing tall, writing down everything I accomplish, and have helped guide me through important decision-making. Being a mentor is also important because it’s our way of giving back and investing in others in honor of those who have invested in us.  

Sara Hindi in Jordan
Sara Hindi in Jordan

A purchase I’ve been loving lately is The Air Matte Liquid Lipstick by NARS from Sephora (color: Surrender taupe nude). It’s the best! 

Self-care habit I swear by isI have a few: laughing with friends, yoga, or taking long walks outside.  

My favorite non-profit to support is  … I serve on the board of Women4Change and the ACLU of Indiana. They are both amazing local nonprofits who are committed to making our city and state a better place for everyone through advocacy, community organizing, and public policy.   

Sara Hindi (right) with the Hoosier Women Forward Class 4
Sara Hindi (right) with the Hoosier Women Forward Class 4

I feel most confident when … I dress up and wear a statement necklace. How I dress definitely impacts how I feel. 

My favorite local restaurant dish is … Chicken Tikka Masala at Chapati or Chicken Tamales at Tlaolli. I also have a major sweet tooth, so shout out to Leviathan Bakehouse for all their sweet treats! 

The thing I’ve been binging lately is … TV shows (I primarily watch drama/comedy). I just finished watching “Spinning Out” on Netflix. I

Sara Hindi with Rima Shahid of Women4Change Indiana
Sara Hindi (left) with Rima Shahid of Women4Change Indiana

am currently watching “Abbot Elementary” on Hulu. 

Some of my favorite concerts I’ve ever been to are … Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, and J. Cole.

My enneagram type is … 2 (the helper) with a wing 3 (the achiever).

A Maven you should know is … Arwa Ghalawan. Arwa is a fabulous mom, friend, community advocate, and a diversity and inclusion professional in IT. 

The thing I’d like to celebrate with the Maven community is I have been named to Arab America Foundation’s “30 Under 30” Class of 2022. 


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