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Alize Asberry Payne 

Racial Equity Officer, Washtenaw County  

Alize Asberry Payne is an equity and strategy professional working in Southeast Michigan. Originally from San Francisco, Asberry Payne now serves as the first racial equity officer for Washtenaw County. She brings a community-centered passion and professionalism to equity work, incorporating her experience as a community organizer, consultant, and strategist.

Alize has over 20-years of experience in public policy, strategy, community engagement and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her work is centered in ensuring that the most vulnerable have equitable access to resources and the opportunity to thrive. Asberry Payne has been named a fellow for the “Crafting Democratic Futures” project at the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Solutions. The three-year effort, funded by the Mellon Foundation, will explore community-based reparations solutions for Black and Indigenous People of Color. Her collaborative research on the impact of the local pandemic response on people of color has been published by the Center for Equitable Family and Community Well-Being at the University of Michigan.  Asberry Payne also serves on the Washtenaw County administrative cabinet, Criminal Justice Collaborative Council, and Michigan’s COVID-19 Community Stakeholders workgroup. Asberry Payne lives in Detroit with her husband and child.