Brian Payne

Brian  Payne Brian Payne became CEO and President of the Central Indiana Community Fund (CICF) in November 2000. Since then, CICF’s annual grantmaking has doubled to almost $50 million. 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. “My passion is to make Indianapolis a Top 10 city of choice,” Payne says. “One that will attract and retain the most educated, creative, and community minded people in the world.” This focus is supported by CICF’s three major community leadership initiatives: Family Success, College Readiness, and Success and Inspiring Places. 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. The national consulting firm Project for Public Spaces chose the Indianapolis Cultural Trail as the best North American example of a bold transformative project that is changing the way we think of cities and city life. Brian 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