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Payne Consulting is a Racine, Wisconsin based firm that specializes in communications, community engagement, and grant writing. With over 25 years of experience in the non-profit, education, communications, and government sectors, Payne Consulting merges best practice with customized strategies to meet the diverse needs of our partners. Our approach is data and community informed, and it includes engaging stakeholders, analyzing existing data and assets, and evaluating both the process and the outcomes of the project.

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Kimberly is the Owner of Payne Consulting, and she serves as the Lead Consultant for all projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Drake University, a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on higher education administration, from Iowa State University, five years of continuous improvement training, and a community engagement certificate from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Kimberly is fulfilling her      life-long dream of attaining a doctoral degree. She is pursuing her degree at Concordia University of Wisconsin in the Doctor of Education-Leadership, Innovation and Continuous Improvement program.


Over the years, Kimberly has contracted or been employed with organizations that range from institutions of higher education to local non-profits and government agencies. Kimberly is an expert trainer, project manager, facilitator, program developer, and community engagement strategist.


Kimberly is committed to education, advocacy and staying involved in the local community. She serves the community through various speaking engagements, as an active member of Jesus Alive Ministries, and as a board member of IMPACT, Incorporated. Also, she is a past board member of Gateway Technical College, the Jane Cremer Foundation, and Siena Retreat Center. In 2016 Kimberly received the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Women of Distinction Award and she was also inducted as a Distinguished Alumna of J.I. Case High School.

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