Mr. Payne graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2001 with a B.A. in Public Policy and in 2005 was named a Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. He serves as Chief Deputy of Virginia’s state energy office, primarily focused on economic development opportunities in the Commonwealth’s energy sector. He was previously the Principal of Bull Moose Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategic communications, building bipartisan coalitions and connecting people through politics. Mr. Payne is a co-founder of the Virginia Sportsmen’s Foundation, a nonprofit that provides outdoor education to first-time hunters, hosts an annual wild game chili cook-off during the General Assembly session and holds hunting and fishing outings with veterans and law enforcement officers. He also serves on the board of Virginia21, a generational advocate that provides non-partisan information and support to young voters and students. Mr. Payne was awarded the W&M Annual Giving Board of Directors Cup in 2011 and completed a term on that Board in 2014. Since 1997 he has been involved with the William & Mary ice hockey team as a player, assistant coach and chairman of its booster club. In 2015, Mr. Payne published his first book, Mark Warner the Dealmaker, an independent biography of former Virginia Governor and current U.S. Senator Mark Warner detailing lessons in leadership at the intersection of business and politics. Mr. Payne was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2014. He currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Administration, Buildings and Grounds and Vice Chair of the Committee on Student Affairs.