Janie L. Payne

Human Resources Director

Janie L. Payne is the human resources director at Equal Justice Works, where she is responsible for enhancing, developing, and implementing creative HR policies and procedures for the organization.

With more than 15 years of private, federal, and not-for-profit experience, Janie is known for her intuitive skill in executive coaching, training, designing and leading complex systems changes, diversity and inclusion, and social justice reform efforts.

Before joining Equal Justice Works, Janie was the chief human resources officer for Global Communities, where she was responsible for the design, implementation, and management of integrated HR strategies that impact different cultural, legal, regulatory and economic systems for both domestic and international employees. Prior to Global Communities, Janie enjoyed a ten-year career with the federal government. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, she held key strategic human resources positions with multiple cabinet level agencies, serving as an advisor and senior coach to leaders across the federal sector; receiving recognition from management, industry publications, peers, and staff for driving the creation and execution of programs that created an engaged and productive workforce.

Janie began her career with Verizon Communications holding numerous roles of increasing responsibility including directing a diversity program that resulted in significant improvement in diversity profile measures. Janie was also a faculty member for the company’s Black Managers Workshop, a group designed to provide managers of color with the skills needed to overcome barriers to their success that were encountered because of race. She initiated a company-wide effort to establish team-based systems and structures to impact corporate bottom line results.

Janie received her M.A. from American University. She holds numerous professional development certificates in Human Capital Management and Change Management, and is a trained mediator and Certified Professional Coach. She is a member and graduate of Leadership America, board chair of the NTL Institute, and a member of Inside NGO and The Society for Human Resource Management. She previously served as an advisory board member for FPMI.