Mel Raines is in her sixth year with Pacers Sports & Entertainment as Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, Community Engagement and Facility Operations and President of the 2021 NBA All-Star Local Organizing Committee. In her role with PS&E, she is on the executive team and oversees all corporate communications initiatives, community engagement activities, construction and facility operations to ensure the smooth and seamless planning and execution of all events that take place in Bankers Life Fieldhouse with an emphasis on providing an exceptional guest experience. She is managing the $360M three year renovation of Bankers Life Fieldhouse as well as all planning for 2021 NBA All-Star weekend in coordination with the Local Organizing Committee Board of Directors and the NBA.
Raines has more than 25 years of event operations, legislative, political, corporate, and public affairs experience. Prior to joining PS&E, she was chief of staff to Indiana Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks overseeing three offices as well as all legislative, constituent services and communications staff.
Raines has worked in various roles on six Republican National Conventions including serving as the COO for the 2008 Republican National Convention and as a senior advisor for the 2012 and 2016 conventions overseeing all delegate, guest and media credentialing. As chief operating officer, Raines played a critical role in organizing, managing and producing the convention. The Associated Press called the convention “a model of efficiency and organization.”
From 2009 to 2012, Raines was one of the principal architects of Indianapolis’ highly acclaimed 2012 Super Bowl. She was the vice president of government relations and event operations for the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee overseeing 14 planning committees, including transportation and parking, weather preparedness, clean zone implementation, government services, state and city services, public safety, aviation services, ADA accessibility and risk management.
Earlier in her career, Raines served as Assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for Political Affairs, directing all the Vice President’s political and domestic outreach activities. She also held several leadership positions at Altria Corporate Services, at the Republican National Committee, and began her career on Capitol Hill with U.S. Sen. Daniel Coats of Indiana.
Raines, a South Bend, Ind. native and graduate of Indiana University – Bloomington, is on the board of directors of the Pacers Foundation, Visit Indy and Second Helpings. She currently resides in Indianapolis.