Brian Payne, Vice Chair

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


Brian Payne is president and CEO of the $811 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the foundation's annual grantmaking has doubled to over $50 million. Under his direction, CICF staff and the board redefined the foundation's business model and created clarity and focus on how best to accomplish the foundation's mission to inspire, support, and practice philanthropy, leadership, and service in Central Indiana. CICF 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.

Brian is the Founder/Leader of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick. The Cultural Trail is a $63 million dollar, eight-mile 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 U.S. 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.

Brian and CICF are currently leading two more transportation initiatives. One is an effort to integrate all of Indianapolis' transportation assets into a robust personal mobility network where customized multi-modal transportation solutions are delivered to a person's smart phone. The other is an effort to create an additional 100 miles of protected bike lanes, multi-modal paths, and sidewalks to the Indianapolis transportation infrastructure.

Brian is a much sought after speaker in Indiana, nationally, and internationally. His themes include inspiring places, multi-modal transportation, trails and parks, livability, connectivity, and talent attraction and retention. He has been the keynote speaker for the Centre City Congress, the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, Trailnet, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and numerous leadership conferences. He has spoken at national conferences of the American Planning Association, CEOs for Cities, Larger Community Foundations Annual Conference, Council of Foundations, and United Way.

Brian is the recipient of the IBJ's Michael A. Carroll Leadership Award, Visit Indy's prestigious Bill McGowan Leadership 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. Previously, he served as a board member of the United Way of Central Indiana, Leadership Indianapolis, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, and TechPoint Foundation.