CICF President Brian Payne honored with John L. Krauss Award for Public Policy Innovation

March 23, 2016

John Krauss, Brian Payne and R. Mark Lawrance

John Krauss, Brian Payne and R. Mark Lawrance

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana University Public Policy Institute today honored a community trailblazer known for his leadership in making Indianapolis and Central Indiana even better places to live, work and play.

Brian Payne, President and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, was awarded the John L. Krauss Award for Public Policy Innovation. Payne received the award during a ceremony at the Indiana State Museum.

"I feel incredibly honored to receive an award named in honor of John Krauss,” said Payne, who is widely applauded for his vision and creation of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick. “John is an incredibly thoughtful and effective civic leader and I have learned a lot from him over the years. And the IU Public Policy Institute has played and continues to play a very important role in CICF's Community Leadership work."

The Krauss Award is given biennially for notable applied research or activity that helps the state of Indiana and/or Indiana communities with "real world" solutions through public policy. Honorees receive $2,500 and a glass work of art by Hoosier artist Ben Johnson.

“As frequent user of the Cultural Trail, I get to see Brian’s vision to improve and bring our community together through this world-class asset that embodies place making, connectivity, activity and the arts,” said Institute director Mark Lawrance.

This is the second Krauss Award as the first honor was presented to its namesake, John Krauss, who helped establish the Institute in 1992 and served as director from 2004 until his retirement in 2014.

In his nomination submission, Charles R. Bantz, Indiana University professor and IUPUI Chancellor Emeritus, applauded Payne’s leadership and willingness to work on behalf of Indiana communities.

“Brian is a leader of leaders. His creativity means he is always looking for the next opportunity to make a difference,” Bantz said. “Brian’s service spans my entire 12 years as IUPUI’s chancellor, so I have been privileged to both observe his leadership and serve as his partner. His commitment to improving our community is unceasing.”

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