Ashley Payne is PFJ’s Regional Program Director for the Southern Region of the US. She is an abolitionist.
Ashley began her career as a prosecutor in Georgia, where she learned the confines of creating systemic change from within. Because of this, Ashley transitioned from law into non-profit work in 2019, when she began working at O.I.C. of America. In this role, she supervised four adult re-entry programs operating in Miami, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Ashley is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, TN and Emory University School of Law. Ashley served over two years as the Community Service Chair for the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. She enjoys organizing service events such as Back to School Pep Rallies and Christmas giveaways for families in domestic violence and homeless shelters. She also enjoys hosting letter writing actions to incarcerated survivors of domestic, intimate partner or gender based violence. Ashley is deeply committed to ending mass incarceration and making America safer for its black residents.