Announcing Our New Executive Director

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2018) – Raise DC is pleased to announce the selection of Tim Payne as the organization’s next Executive Director. Payne will begin this role on August 13.

Payne comes to Raise DC from For Love of Children (FLOC), where he has served as Executive Director for the past 12 years. In this role, Payne has transformed FLOC into a highly regarded leader in the DC out-of-school time community, serving students from 1st grade through postsecondary. In addition to his work at FLOC, Payne has been invested in Raise DC’s collective impact efforts, having served as a co-chair of the partnership’s Postsecondary Access and Completion Change Network, as well as a member of Raise DC’s cohort of the StriveTogether Leadership Program – a national, results-based leadership training opportunity.

The search committee, comprised of Raise DC Leadership Council members and community stakeholders, selected Payne from a pool of hundreds of local and national applicants. Wendy Goldberg, Raise DC’s Co-chair and search committee chair, said that Payne’s demonstrated leadership, experience and enthusiasm set him apart.

“Tim brings a wealth of knowledge of both Raise DC and the District’s education landscape,” Goldberg said. “Additionally, his perspective as a direct service partner who has benefited from Raise DC’s approach gives him a unique understanding that will drive our cradle-to-career work forward with deliberate urgency. Tim’s relationships with community partners and passion to create citywide change for our children and youth are evident. I am thrilled for him to step into this role as Raise DC’s next Executive Director and am confident in his ability to seamlessly guide the organization through this transition and into the coming years.”

Payne began his professional career at FLOC in 2001. As Manager of its Neighborhood Tutoring Program, he expanded partnerships and led efforts to increase student enrollment by more than 200 students in four years. Since his promotion to Executive Director in 2006, Payne has grown a staff of 25 and an annual volunteer base of nearly 400 and strengthened the organization’s sustainability, community standing, and ongoing commitment to partnering with FLOC families to close opportunity gaps.

Payne said he was proud of the impact of FLOC’s work and of the success of the students and families with whom the organization partnered, and he saw Raise DC as the next step in his own journey.

“I am eager for the opportunity that lies ahead at Raise DC,” Payne said. “I am extremely motivated to explore additional ways to continuously improve on Raise DC’s current work, to harness the power of collective impact, and to share in the organization’s unwavering commitment toward improving outcomes for young people across the District. I look forward to the chance and the challenge to continue Raise DC’s remarkable momentum. With the power of our shared vision and the strength of our partnerships and Leadership Council, I believe we have the potential for great progress together.”

Payne succeeds Laurie Wingate, who has served as Executive Director since Raise DC’s inception in 2013. Under Wingate’s leadership, Raise DC has built trusted partnerships with more than 150 education agencies, nonprofits, businesses and philanthropic organizations; garnered national attention and funding for its collective impact efforts; and grown to a staff of seven full-time employees. In January, Wingate announced her departure from the organization and has committed to supporting this transition through the summer.

About Raise DC
Raise DC is a collective impact partnership that seeks to ensure that all children and youth in Washington, DC, have the opportunity to reach their full potential, from cradle to career. In collaboration with more than 150 multi-sector partners in all eight wards, Raise DC spurs citywide action to improve equitable planning, policies and practices that deliver better educational outcomes in five key goal areas – kindergarten readiness, high school graduation, reconnection to school and/or work, postsecondary enrollment and completion and preparedness for a sustainable career. To learn more about Raise DC, visit

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