Consulting and Organizations

Payne has served as speechwriter for political leaders in the U.S. and abroad, including: Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Robert Dole, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, Queen Noor of Jordan, Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia, as well as numerous CEO’s and heads of organizations internationally and UNICEF. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Treasury, City of Boston, City of Los Angeles, National Republican Institute, National Institute of Health, Atomic Energy Commission and U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), several governmental and academic 9/11 special forums and task forces, Bechtel, Fidelity Investments, Watson Pharmaceuticals, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Formula One, among others.

He received the first University of Illinois’ Speech Communication Alumni Award in l997, honors from the US Treasury, UNICEF, Formula One Racing, Friends of the Majestic Theatre, and the President’s Award from the International Association of Business Disciplines. He received a U.S. State Department Speaker’s Grant for work in Azerbaijan in February 2004. He also has received grants from the National Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute for grass roots communication efforts in Uzbekistan and Jordan and is a Schweitzer Fellow in health communication.

Throughout his career, Payne has provided expert commentary to print, electronic media outlets such as USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, CNN, Fox News, Sky News, MSNBC, Arab News, BBC, ABC, CBS and NBC (television and radio). Dr. Payne provides commentary for international, national and local media. Here is an interview with WBZ Boston on the early presidential performance of President Obama.

His philanthropic efforts include a thirteen year chairmanship of the Friends of the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, co-chair of UNICEF’s Queen Noor of Jordan’s historic Children’s Walk Against Landmines, UNICEF, Just For Kids Foster Child Group, Thompson Island Outward Bound program, Carrol Center for the Blind, the Saudi Global Exchange, and work on projects for victims with memory loss.