INDIANAPOLIS — IndyGo is pleased to announce Brooke Thomas as its new, permanent chief development officer. Thomas had been working in the role on an interim basis since December 2023. 

Thomas has substantial experience in strategic and urban planning, policy and data research, and community development. Before assuming this position, she held several leadership roles in fare collection system modernization, strategic planning, capital programming, short- and long-range service planning and transit-oriented development over her more than five years with the agency. As chief development officer, Thomas will be responsible for the agency’s strategic planning, engineering and construction initiatives. 

“Brooke is a standout leader who possesses the knowledge and dedication that’s required to make her the perfect addition to our executive team,” said IndyGo President and CEO Jennifer Pyrz. “Her list of accomplishments is impressive and working closely with her the past few years has demonstrated that she will boost IndyGo’s innovative infrastructure and capital planning reputation.” 

Throughout her 20-year career, Thomas has served in leadership and management roles within the public, private and nonprofit sectors, often focused on strengthening the relationship between land use and transportation. Her work has attracted federal and local funding, changed land use and development laws and resulted in the expansion of IndyGo’s services. Her contributions have also earned her recognition for award-winning projects such as: 

  • 2016 Outstanding Best Practice in the Hoosier Planning Awards. 
  • (Bicentennial Agenda) 2017 National Planning Achievement Award, Silver, for Best Practice by the American Planning Association (APA). 
  • (IndyVitals) 2017 Exemplary Systems in Government Award, Enterprise System, by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. 
  • 2022 Hoosier Planning Award for Best Practice by the APA Indiana Chapter. 

Personal recognitions include the IndyGo Leadership in Administration Excellence Award. 

Thomas graduated from Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and development. She’s served as a trusted adviser to multiple municipal and city governments, redevelopment commissions, advisory boards, community development professionals and private developers over the years. She currently serves as a commissioner for the Indianapolis Community Food Access Advisory Commission and an advisory committee member for the Connected Communities. 

A native of the Hoosier State, Thomas lives in one of Indianapolis’ streetcar suburbs with her husband and two sons. In her free time, she loves attending sporting events and playing billiards.  


Pictured above: IndyGo Chief Development Officer Brooke Thomas

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