Our Board

The Forward Cities Board of Directors is led by Brian Payne (Chair), CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Walker Sanders (Vice Chair), President of the Greensboro Community Foundation, and Cathy Belk (Treasurer), President of Jumpstart.

Additional Board Members:

  • Brandon Cosby, Executive Director of Flanner House
  • Alex Derkson, Associate at Frost Brown Todd and former VP of Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan Chase
  • Paul Grogan, President of the Boston Foundation and co-Founder of CEOs for Cities
  • Jean Horstman, Founding CEO of Interise
  • Maurice Jones, CEO of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Strategic Advisors:

  • Jim Bildner, CEO of the DRK Foundation
  • Stephen Goldsmith, Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the former Mayor of Indianapolis
  • Sheila Herrling, Senior Fellow, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation and former SVP at the Case Foundation
  • Tim O'Shea, senior principal with Promontory Financial Group
  • Jan Rivkin, Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School
  • Jeff Walker, Chair of New Profit
  • Matt McKenna, Executive in Residence at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and former SVP of Finance at PepsiCo