Ryan Vaughn was elected Indiana Sports Corp President in September of 2014. He is the not-for-profit organization’s sixth president since its founding in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. Indiana Sports Corp’s mission is to create positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events that enhance vibrancy in the community, build civic pride, drive economic impact and media exposure, and encourage opportunities for youth.
Prior to leading the Indiana Sports Corp staff, Vaughn served as Chief of Staff for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard for more than two years. In this role, Vaughn oversaw development and implementation of Indy’s strategic planning initiatives, public policy development, financial security and management of the agency directors and Deputy Mayors. In order to achieve in these areas, Vaughn focused on a collaborative approach requiring input and information sharing from the administration’s team, supporting community organizations and Indy’s corporate leaders.
Prior to joining Mayor Ballard’s administration, Vaughn was a lawyer with Barnes and Thornburg, LLP. Vaughn’s practice focused on government relations and finance at the local, state and federal level. In addition to his legal practice, from 2007-2012 Vaughn served as a Councillor for the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council, including as the President of The Council from 2009-2011.
Vaughn’s service as a Councillor and his current role as Chief of Staff have afforded him the opportunity to serve on a variety of boards and committees outside of government as well, including in several positions directly tied to Indiana Sports Corp events. Vaughn has served on the boards of Visit Indy, Downtown Indy, Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee, Super Bowl LII Bid Committee, and the Indiana Host Committee for the 2015 NCAA Final Four. In addition, Vaughn has served on the board for the Y.M.C.A. Athenaeum and was a founding board member for Purchased, Inc. a non-profit aimed at spreading awareness and information on the global problem of human trafficking.
Vaughn is a graduate of Wabash College and received his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. At Wabash, Vaughn was a member of College’s swimming team.
He and his wife, Heather, live in Indianapolis.