Sharon Payne is currently immersed in the discipline of impact investing and philanthropy with an emphasis on seeking local, national and global solutions which increase equality of opportunity, promote sustainability and eradicate poverty. She has decades of experience as a financial advisor, having operated her own certified financial planning practice specializing in socially responsible investing as well as taking an active role in her family’s real estate investment/management business and family foundation.
Sharon is an active participant in her community. Through the San Diego Diplomacy Council she served on the board of directors and various committees for four years and was very active in hosting many of their international professional fellows in cross-cultural exchanges. She serves on the Board of Advisors for Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. Sharon also is on the Board of Trustees of LIFT Development, Inc. a non-profit community development organization and small business accelerator. Sharon also curates and leads an international, cultural-themed book club with The Worldview Project each month and has served in a variety of volunteer leadership positions with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego.
As a life-long learner, Sharon is eager to continue exploring the complex and charged intersection of finance, sustainability and equity. She earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and a MA in Liberal Arts & Sciences from San Diego State University. Sharon resides in Kensington with her husband and two sons.