Alize Asberry Payne is an Equity and Strategic Development professional working in Southeast, MI. Originally from San Francisco, Asberry Payne now serves as the first Racial Equity Officer for Washtenaw County. She brings a community-centered passion and professionalism to “equity work”, incorporating her experience as a community organizer, consultant, and strategist. Alize has over 25-years of experience in public policy, grassroots community development, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion spaces. Her work is centered in ensuring that the most vulnerable have equitable access to resources and the opportunity to thrive. Alize has been named a fellow for the “Crafting Democratic Futures” project at the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Solutions. The three-year effort, funded by the Mellon Foundation, will explore community-based reparations solutions for Black and Indigenous People of Color. Her collaborative research on the impact of the global pandemic in the Ypsilanti, MI community has been published by the Center for Equitable Family and Community Well-Being at the University of Michigan. Asberry Payne also serves on the Washtenaw County Administrative Cabinet, Criminal Justice Collaborative Council, Washtenaw County 21st Century Policing Commission, and Michigan’s Covid-19 Racial Disparities Community Stakeholders workgroup.