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Leslie Payne

Senior Program Officer

Leslie Payne joined the Irvine Foundation as a Senior Program Officer in September 2016. Her background spans private sector and nonprofit work, including experience helping mission-driven organizations launch, adapt, and thrive.

Before joining the Foundation, Leslie was the head of social impact at LendUp, a financial services technology company that focuses on serving customers who do not have access to traditional financial services. She was also a partner at Citizen Engagement Lab, a nonprofit that accelerates people-powered change through incubation, advice, and implementation.

Earlier in her career, she was the third employee at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm that helps clients maximize the impact of their resources.

Leslie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Georgetown.