Mary Ellen Payne ’78 ’80M
Mary Ellen Payne has exhibited profound leadership throughout her successful career as a marketing and sales executive. In 2014, Mary Ellen established the Strong and Powerful Scholarship to support undergraduate students in financial need who are enrolled in Lerner College.
Mary Ellen retired in 2015 as vice president of sales & marketing with Verizon Communications, after many successful years in strategic marketing leadership positions. At the time of her retirement, she was accountable for regional and local marketing strategy execution, as well as revenue and unit management for more than 50 percent of the Verizon Telecom business.
Mary Ellen has served on the board of directors of the Association of National Advertisers and served on the Mosaic Council of the American Advertising Federation. She is a member of the board of regents for the Leadership Center of Excellence and serves as board liaison to Volunteer Arlington. Mary Ellen is a member of the board of directors for Just Neighbors, a nonprofit dedicated to serving and supporting the immigrant community of northern Virginia. Since 2014, Mary Ellen has served as a member of the Advisory Board for UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and chairs the Lerner College Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee.