Ports of Indiana appoints Brier to lead statewide planning, sustainability initiatives



INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 22, 2024) – Ports of Indiana has hired Kristin Brier in the newly created role of Vice President of Integrated Planning & Sustainable Development. Brier most recently served as Multimodal Director at the Indiana Department of Transportation and has worked at INDOT and Indiana Department of Environmental Management for more than 20 years in roles involving freight, multimodal planning, innovation, continuous improvement, grants, and environmental programs.


“Kristin brings a unique combination of skills and experience that perfectly match our planning and development initiatives,” said Ports of Indiana CEO Jody Peacock. “Anyone who has worked with Kristin knows she is a dedicated professional and I could not be more pleased to have her join our organization. She will lead the development of a new department focused on collaborative planning and sustainable initiatives at our ports.”


Brier will oversee Ports of Indiana’s engineering, grant development and project delivery staff, while leading initiatives to integrate planning between all departments, increase grant funding, and develop sustainable port projects. She will also serve as liaison to state and federal officials for policy matters.


“I am honored to join Ports of Indiana and play an important role in our statewide port authority’s planning and development initiatives,” said Brier. “It’s exciting to join an organization that has such a rich history in generating economic development for our state and a bold vision for future growth.”


Brier has a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.


As INDOT’s Multimodal Director, Brier led a team of 21 staff members in the Offices of Aviation, Freight, Rail Programs, and Transit, and represented INDOT in collaborative regional efforts addressing a range of multimodal transportation priorities. During her 10 years with INDOT, she also served as Freight Manager and Innovation & Enhancement Performance Analyst. Prior to that she spent a decade with IDEM in various roles leading quality management planning, continuous improvement activities, and hazardous waste and recycling grant programs.


Downloadable hi-res photo: Kristin Brier




About Ports of Indiana: Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, Ports of Indiana is a self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana’s economy by developing and maintaining a world-class port system, and by serving as a statewide resource for maritime issues, international trade, and multimodal logistics.

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