Dr. Jeff Payne is the Senior Executive Service director for NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, coordinating the Nation’s coastal management activities to address the challenges affecting coastal communities.
Dr. Payne was previously the deputy director of NOAA’s Coastal Services Center and led the Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team. From 2009 to 2010, he served as the acting deputy chief of staff for NOAA.
Dr. Payne was deputy director of NOAA's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning and the budget examiner for NOAA and the Marine Mammal Commission in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. He also spent a year in the U.S. House of Representatives as the American Geophysical Union Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.
Jeff serves as a subject matter expert on natural resources, community resilience, and climate adaptation. His current appointments include the Federal Floodplain Management Task Force, Recovery Support Function Leadership Group, Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology, and U.S.-Mexico Good Neighbor Environmental Board.
Payne received a doctorate in geophysical oceanography from Texas A&M University and a bachelor's degree in geology from West Virginia University.