Anthony “Tony” Mason
President & CEO
Tony Mason, is a visionary leader, has a passion for service, and has dedicated his entire career to initiatives designed to enhance the quality of life for Indianapolis residents. Tony is only the third President in the history of the Indianapolis Urban League succeeding Joseph Slash and the late, Sam Jones.
Prior to joining the Indianapolis Urban League, Tony served as the Relationship Development Director Companies With A Mission now known as trueU. While working at trueU, Tony recruited companies and nonprofits who benefited from employee life skills, leadership development training programs and volunteer service opportunities through the Super Service Challenge.
From 2009-2012, Tony served as the Senior Vice President of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, and was responsible for providing administrative oversight and staff support for the Near Eastside Legacy Project and various community outreach efforts ranging from neighborhood redevelopment to educational programs to environmental initiatives to cultural arts projects to human impact initiatives. Over 200,000 Indiana residents, young and old participated in various Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL initiatives.
Prior to joining the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, Tony served as the Executive Director of the Circle City Classic for eight years building upon the Classic’s tradition of staging one of the nation’s largest, Black college football events. As Executive Director, Tony led a diverse team that included the Circle City Classic Executive Committee, Organizing Committee, staff, and over 500 volunteers. Under his leadership, the annual Classic weekend consistently attracted over 100,000 attendees generating an estimated economic impact of nearly $15 million for the city of Indianapolis, annually. Additionally, Tony and his team provided nearly $100,000 for scholarships awarded through the Indiana Black Expo/Circle City Classic Scholarship Program and over 5,000 youths benefited from various Classic youth initiatives.
Before joining the Circle City Classic staff, he worked in administrative positions with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Amateur Athletic Association of USA (AAU), Indiana Black Expo Incorporated (IBE), Miami (OH) University, and Wichita State University.
Tony has received several awards including the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Forty under 40 – Indy’s Bright Young Gems” Award, The Center for Leadership Development’s Achievement in Business Award, The Rev. Charles Williams Award presented at Indiana Sport Corporation’s 2012 Pathfinder Awards Luncheon, McDonald’s Black History Maker of Today, and the Black Coaches and Administrators’ Images of Excellence Award.
Currently, Tony is a member of the Indiana Youth Institute’s Board of Directors and he serves on steering or advisory committees with the United Way of Central Indiana, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Race Cultural Relations Leadership Network, LISC 2020 Great Places and the Indiana Sports Corporation. Previously, he served on the boards of the Indianapolis Urban League, and the Indiana AAU Boys’ Basketball Committee. He was also a founding member of the Indianapolis Urban League’s Young Professionals.
Tony earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Miami (OH) University.
He and his wife, Joy Mason, have two sons, Miles and John Michael.