Brian Payne, Vice Chair

President and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation and The Indianapolis Foundation


Brian Payne is president and CEO of the $725 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and president of The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the foundation's annual grantmaking has doubled to over $50 million. Under his direction, the foundation has a major focus on equity in opportunity and developing, attracting and retaining highly-educated, creative, entrepreneurial and community-minded people. This focus is supported by three major initiatives: Family Success, College Readiness and Success and Inspiring Places. Prior to his appointment, he was the Managing Director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) for seven years.

Brian is the founder of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick. The Cultural Trail is a $63 million dollar, eight-mile, beautifully designed and landscaped bicycle and pedestrian pathway that connects every significant arts, cultural, heritage, sports and entertainment venue in Indianapolis' dynamic downtown. It was created by taking a lane of traffic away from cars and dedicating it to people on foot, bikes, Segways and wheelchairs. The national consulting firm, Project for Public Spaces chose the Indianapolis Cultural Trail as the best North American example of a big, bold, transformative project that is changing the way we think of cities and city life. The US Department of Transportation awarded the Cultural Trail a $20.5 million stimulus grant, one of only 51 grants awarded out of 1,400 proposals submitted in a merit-based competitive process.

Mr. Payne is a sought after speaker both nationally and internationally. His themes include cities, inspiring places, trails and parks, livability, connectivity, competitiveness, and talent attraction and retention. He has been the keynote speaker for the Centre City Congress in Calgary, the Indiana Metropolitan Planning Organization's annual conference, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and numerous leadership conferences.

Brian is the recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal's Michael A. Carroll Leadership Award, Visit Indy's prestigious Bill McGowan Leadership Award, Downtown Indy's Downtown Champion Award and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute's John Krauss Award for innovation in public policy. He has also been honored as the Indiana Citizen Planner of the Year, and has been recognized as one of the world's most powerful Hoosiers. In 2016, Brian was recognized as an Indiana Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society.

Brian currently serves as the vice chair of the national organization CEOs for Cities and on the boards of Indy Chamber, Downtown Indy, Visit Indy, TeenWorks, and Indiana Repertory Theatre.

He received his Master of Fine Arts degree and Bachelor of Arts from UCLA.