Jim Brainard was first elected Mayor of the city of Carmel in 1995 with his term beginning in January 1996. He is the first mayor in Carmel 's history to be elected to five terms.
In the 1970s, Mayor Brainard served as a Republican Vice Precinct Committeeman and staff member of the Indiana Republican State Committee. In 1982, Mayor Brainard set up a private law practice in Indianapolis concentrating in the areas of real estate and business issues. During that time he also served as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Business at the University of Indianapolis.
Mayor Brainard's achievements and commitment to public service include serving as a Trustee and co-chair of the Energy Independence and Climate Protection Task Force for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He has also served as an active committee member and Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 120, chartered to the Rotary Club of Carmel.
Additionally, Mayor Brainard has served as President of the Butler University Alumni Association and was included in Butler's "50 Under 50" in 2004. He has also taught at the University of Indianapolis and coached youth sports. He is an active member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and is an accomplished musician. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Carmel.
Mayor Brainard received a B.A. in History from Butler University and his J.D. from Ohio Northern University. He also received a diploma from the Oxford Institute on International and Comparative Law, University of San Diego.