Olivia Payne

Interim Project Director

Olivia Payne manages partnerships with federal host agencies and offices. This entails day-to-day coordination of fellows; conducting selection and placement processes; monitoring and reporting on fellowship activities; and serving as a liaison and guide to fellows and their mentors. Olivia also contributes to planning and conducting orientation sessions, and participates in outreach and recruitment efforts.

Olivia holds an M.A. in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Philosophy from University of Maryland. Olivia joined the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) staff in 2016 with over six years of experience in higher education management, with a focus on international affairs and development. Most recently, she directed faculty and graduate affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, one of the world's leading academic and research institutions in global affairs. Previously she managed the English Language Fellows program of the Center for Intercultural Education and Development, a U.S. Department of State diplomacy program.

Throughout her career, Olivia has worked to prepare scholars to lead, serve and change the world, focusing on creating intercultural understanding and advocacy through education. Olivia has a passion for promoting the power of science and technology as a core foundation for global development. In her spare time Olivia enjoys elaborate cooking experiments, gardening, but not weeding, making textile-based art objects, and reading good books.