Brian Payne

President & CEO

317.634.2423, ext. 177

I’m Brian Payne and my passion is to make Indianapolis a Top 10 city of choice, one that will attract and retain the most educated, creative, and community minded people in the world. Two of my personal interests are urban design and bicycling – and The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick is a great example of how both can be combined to transform a city.

Brian Payne is President and CEO of the $600 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 almost $50 million. Under his direction, the CICF staff and 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. The Foundation has a major focus on 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, beautifully designed and landscaped pedestrian and bicycle 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.

Brian is a much sought after speaker in Indiana, 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. 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 has been honored as the Indiana Citizen Planner of the Year and is the recipient of the Michael J. Carroll Leadership Award. He has also been recognized as one of the world's most powerful Hoosiers.

Brian currently serves on the boards of Indy Chamber, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Visit Indy (formerly the Indianapolis Convention and Visitor’s Association.) Previously, he has served as a board member of the United Way, Lacy Leadership Association, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School and TechPoint Foundation.

Prior to his CICF appointment, Brian was Managing Director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) for seven years. The IRT, Indiana’s resident professional theatre, is nationally respected for the quality of its work, its close connection to the community, and its focus on and care in creating a supportive environment for artists.

Brian is a native Californian. Before making his home in Indianapolis in 1993, he was Managing Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz for eight years and worked for various theatre producing organizations in Southern California including the La Jolla Playhouse and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival. He received both his Master of Fine Arts degree and Bachelor of Arts from UCLA.

Contact Brian at 317.634.2423 or e-mail