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Dr. Kimberly J. Payne

Community Engagement Strategist | Facilitator | Consultant

Dr. Kimberly J. Payne serves as the Lead Consultant for all Payne Consulting projects. Kimberly is an expert community engagement strategist, facilitator, and project manager. She believes in the power of bringing community voice into the "room" to equip organizations with community insights so they can plan and implement community-informed projects and initiatives.

Kimberly earned a doctorate in education with a focus on Leadership, Innovation and Continuous Improvement from Concordia University Wisconsin, a master's degree in education from Iowa State University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Drake University. Additionally, she completed five years of continuous improvement training and she holds a community engagement certificate from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

Kimberly is committed to education, advocacy, and staying involved in the community. She serves the community through various speaking engagements, as an active member of Jesus Alive Ministries, and as the board chair of IMPACT, Incorporated. Also, she is a past board member of Gateway Technical College, Siena Retreat Center, and the Jane Cremer Foundation.

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. In 2024 Kimberly received the prestigious Community Leader Award from the Racine Heritage Committee.


Designing and Implementing Successful Community Engagement Projects

Through engaging discussions, interactive activities, and real life scenarios, course participants will learn:

  • The history and purpose of community engagement.

  • Community engagement barriers, with an emphasis on historically marginalized community members.

  • Drivers and barriers to participation in community engagement activities.

  • Community engagement formats.

  • Best practices for designing and implementing successful community engagement projects.

Recruit...Engage...Retain Diverse Board Members

Workshop participants will learn:

  • Community and board member diversity data.

  • Practical strategies for recruiting, engaging, and retaining diverse board members.

  • How to create an action plan to accomplish board recruitment, engagement, and retention goals.

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Back to Our Speakers
White Brick Wall

I liked working with Kimberly Payne the most. Her kindness, encouragement, patience, curiosity, and wisdom helped us take on a huge convening that was outside our current capacity. I learned so much from her and felt supported by her attention to detail, warmth, and presence. She is a skilled facilitator who brings her own value and perspective while also holding space for a wide breath of other experiences and values. Her energy is both approachable, friendly, and incredibly professional. We plan to continue to work with her team on projects in the future.

Erica Gerrity, Ostara Initiative

Having personally worked with Kimberly, I can attest to her effectiveness. She and her team excel in organizing events, maintaining approachability, and establishing clear rules of engagement for participants. Their seamless execution makes even challenging tasks appear effortless. I wholeheartedly recommend bringing Kimberly and her team on board for your project.

Sarah McDonald, PLA, CLARB, ASLA, Past President of WI ASLA

Thank you again so very much for the challenging, informative, inspiring, practical, and engaging evening you presented at Siena Retreat Center. I came away with much to think about and ways to continue working toward true racial justice. I heard many, many positive comments about how informative and well-put-together your presentation was. You incorporated an overview picture—stories and data—with well-structured discussion in a way that tells me you have been facilitating groups for a long time! Either that or you are naturally great at it.

Siena Retreat Center


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