Brian Payne, Vice Chair

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


Brian Payne became CEO and President of CICF in November 2000. Under his direction, the foundation has put a strong focus on supporting projects that make Indianapolis a more appealing city to both current and potential future residents.  Prior to his appointment, he was the Managing Director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) for seven years. 

Mr. Payne was the Founder/Leader of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick. The Cultural Trail is a $63 million, eight-mile pedestrian and bicycle pathway that connects every significant arts, cultural, heritage, sports, and entertainment venue in downtown Indianapolis. 

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.

Mr. Payne currently serves on the boards of Indy Chamber, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, and Visit Indy. Previously, he has served as a board member of the United Way, Lacy Leadership Association, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, and TechPoint Foundation. 

He received his master of fine arts degree and bachelor of Arts from UCLA.