Our Team

Christine Payne


Christine Payne has more than three decades of philanthropic sector experience where she has focused on serving as a dynamic and strategic catalyst and convener, providing programmatic facilitation and creating synergistic collaborations. Before moving to Louisville from Chicago, she worked for Grenzebach Glier and Associates where her passion for nonprofit engagement was cemented. Christine’s work locally has centered on resource development with nonprofit organizations and public agencies. After several years as University of Louisville’s Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, she initiated a new development operation at the National Center for Family Literacy (now National Center for Families Learning). Christine subsequently started a consulting firm to support local, regional, national, and international institutions. Most recently she was at University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development as the Research Manager and with the Kent School of Social Work PhD Program Office.

Christine has served on the boards of Nazareth Retreat Center, University of Virginia Madison House Advisory Council, and Summerbridge Louisville. She currently volunteers as a University of Virginia alumni mentor, Kellogg School alumni interviewer, and board member for Louisville Story Program. Christine is a reviewer for the peer-reviewed journal The Foundation Review.  She has a MA in Higher Education Administration from University of Louisville, MBA with a concentration in nonprofit and public sector management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and BA in Anthropology and French from University of Virginia. Christine enjoys folk singing, creative writing, and especially traveling as she grew up in a Foreign Service family. She and her husband Rodger have two daughters in New York.