Brian Payne, Vice Chair

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

Brian Payne


Brian Payne is the president and CEO of the $800 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the foundation's annual grantmaking has more than doubled to over $50 million. CICF's mission is to mobilize people, ideas, and investments to create a community where all individuals have an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race, or identity.

Brian is the founder/artistic director of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick. 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 TIGER I 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 equitably delivered to a person's smart phone. The other is an effort to create an additional 50 miles of protected bike lanes, multi-modal paths, and sidewalks to the Indianapolis transportation infrastructure with a focus on underappreciated neighborhoods.

Brian presently serves on the boards of the Indy Chamber, Visit Indy, and TeenWorks. Locally, he serves as the board chair of The District Theatre and the vice chair of the IUPUI Advisory Board. Nationally, he is the board chair of Forward Cities, an organization committed to helping cities build inclusive economic growth.

Brian is a much sought-after speaker nationally and internationally. His themes include inspiring places, equity in opportunity, neighborhood development and gentrification, multi-modal transportation, trails, livability, and the power of connectivity. He has been the keynote speaker for the Centre City Congress in Calgary, the City Club of Cleveland, the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, Trailnet in St. Louis, the Akron/Cleveland Association of Realtors, and numerous leadership conferences. He has also spoken at national conferences of the American Planning Association, CEOs for Cities, Forward Cities, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Council of Foundations, and the United Way. He has consulted with dozens of cities in the U.S. and Canada on urban trail projects.

Brian is the recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal's Michael A. Carroll Leadership Award, Visit Indy's prestigious Bill McGowan Leadership Award, and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute's John L. 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.