Nancy Payne

Vice President, PeaceTech Lab

Nancy Payne is vice president of PeaceTech Lab. The Lab was created by U.S. Institute of Peace as a separate entity to further advance USIP's work at the intersection of technology, media and data to help reduce violent conflict around the world. With expertise in integrating digital media strategies into outreach and behavior change campaigns and managing international programs, she provides project oversight and input to PeaceTech’s media and technology-related projects. Previously, Payne was managing director for communications at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. government’s development finance institution that mobilizes private capital to tackle development challenges in emerging markets and post-conflict countries. While there, she led a team of public affairs specialists to manage that self-sustaining agency's reputation and public engagement activities with influencers and key stakeholders. She also created a robust digital communication program through a revamped website, influential social media channels and targeted organic search. Previously, she was a senior partner and senior vice president at FleishmanHillard International, where she co-led the DC-based digital communications group. Payne also lived and worked in Asia Pacific, directing all aspects of FH-Hong Kong. She has advised numerous government, corporate and nonprofit organizations on strategies for corporate communication, reputation management and web-based outreach programs. Payne started her career in broadcast news as a reporter and photographer. She holds a M.A. from American University’s School of International Service, and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nebraska. She has also taught at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.

Articles & Analysis from this Expert

December 23, 2015

As the world this year saw its highest tide ever of people displaced by war, violence or persecution, the U.S. Institute of Peace has reinforced its work in the field to help reduce violence and its threat to U.S. and global security. “Our mission has never been more urgent,” says USIP President Nancy Lindborg in a video that highlights USIP’s work worldwide.


May 25, 2015
The Women Preventing Violent Extremism Thought for Action Kit is intended to engage discussions on key issues related to the role of women and preventing violent extremism (PVE). This document is for policy makers, practitioners and academics who are interested in understanding “why gender matters” in preventing violent extremism. We think of it as a thought kit more than a tool kit, that is— a collection of experts’ essays and practical exercises designed to help guide local activists and practitioners to engage in reflection and dialogue on violent extremism. In addition, we hope to bring greater awareness to the diverse set of experiences that women and women’s organizations are dealing with violent extremist ideologies.