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FEATURED MOVER | Tim Payne, Leadership Howard County

Leadership Howard County named Tim Payne president and CEO starting July 1.

A resident of Columbia, Payne brings 20 years of experience leading community organizations, building partnerships and programs and managing social-impact projects in Washington.

Prior to joining Leadership Howard County, Payne was executive director of Raise DC, which builds partnerships throughout Washington to improve educational outcomes for the city’s children and youth. Payne led a team of six senior-level managers, fundraised in support of a $1 million operating budget, cultivated relationships with community stakeholders, coordinated project and program measurements, facilitated strategic planning sessions and supported the evolution of the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion principles.

Previously, Payne led For Love of Children as executive director. For Love of Children provides out-of-classroom educational services to under-resourced youth in Washington. Payne developed and led project planning, strengthened community outreach and ensured the organization’s long-term sustainability. Under his leadership, the organization’s fundraising achieved annual revenue growth from $1.5 to $2.1 million.

Tim Payne, new president and CEO of Leadership Howard County


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Bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University

If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?

Growing up I thought I’d either be the starting shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles, or a secret agent for the CIA, maybe both? My parents would tell you I should have gone to law school. But if I had to choose, I’d probably run the best dive bar in a beach town where people could gather, celebrate and be in community somewhere sunny and warm.

Favorite vacation:

Outer Banks, North Carolina: a sandy chair, a beach cruiser, the sounds of waves and some Duck Donuts with the family.

When I want to relax, I … :

Peloton, go for a run, hit the gym; exercise is a form of therapy

Favorite TV show:

The West Wing

Favorite quotation:

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill