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James BrainardJames Brainard

IUPUI Board of Advisors
City of Carmel
First Appointed: 2005
Term Ends: Ex-Officio

James Brainard is Carmel's first five-term mayor. Under his tenure, Carmel has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity. It is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The population has grown from 25,000 to almost 80,000 in the last 12 years. Park land, greenspace, and trails have increased from 40 acres to more than 800, including the Monon Trail and Central Park. The creation of a new downtown and the Arts & Design District has breathed new life into forgotten areas of the city. All of these improvements have given the citizens of Carmel increased opportunities for recreation and cultural activities.

Mayor Brainard has spearheaded significant beautification and economic development projects. One of these public private partnerships is the creation of a true downtown for the City of Carmel, known as Carmel City Center. The focal point of this cultural and entertainment district is the Palladium and Performing Arts Center, which includes a 1,600-seat concert hall of superb acoustical standards and a 500-seat multi-purpose theatre. Carmel City Center will also feature a public green/outdoor amphitheatre, a boutique hotel and numerous restaurant and retail venues.

Mayor Brainard's academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in History from Butler University and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Ohio Northern University. He also received a diploma from the Oxford Institute on International and Comparative Law from the University of San Diego. He is an active member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and resides in Carmel with his wife Liz, and their children, Jack, Will, Marie and Martha.