Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel’s first six-term mayor. During his terms in office, Carmel has
grown in population from 25,000 to almost 90,000. Parkland, greenspace and trails have
increased. The development of an Arts & Design District, a downtown called City Center and a
new Midtown project joining the two together, has helped in the creation of a vibrant, thriving
city where companies want to locate, where employees want to live and where families want to
raise their children. Mayor Brainard is frequently asked to speak around the world about city
planning, climate change, redevelopment and roadway networks.
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. His book, entitled Carmel, ‘round about right, shares the story of redevelopment in
Carmel during his administration.
Mayor Brainard is serving as a Trustee and Co-chair of the Energy Independence and Climate
Protection Task Force for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In November of 2013, he was
appointed to the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience by President Barack
Obama. In 2015, he traveled to four cities in India to represent the United States as part of the
U.S. State Department’s speaker’s bureau. Also, in 2015 he was asked to speak on energy and
climate policy at the German-American Centers in five German cities. In 2016, he was asked to
speak on climate change and urban design in Rome, Italy at the Making Cities Livable
Conference. Additionally, he has been a guest lecturer for Georgetown University, Butler
University, Indiana University and Purdue University among others. He often speaks to city
councils and planning commissions across the United States about city design and development.