Jeffrey L. Payne, Ph.D

The Office for Coastal Management was established in 2014, when NOAA integrated the Coastal Services Center and the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Dr. Jeff Payne is the senior executive service director for the office, and under his leadership, the nation’s coastal management activities are coordinated to address the significant challenges affecting our coastal communities. All activities focus on constituent needs, creativity, effectiveness, and a commitment to a partnership approach to doing business.

Dr. Payne previously served as the deputy director of NOAA’s Coastal Services Center, beginning in 1998. During that time, he also led the Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team, a NOAA-wide effort to improve the value of NOAA services to the Southeast region states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has also served as the acting deputy assistant administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service, and as the acting deputy chief of staff for NOAA. He was deputy director of NOAA's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning in Washington, D.C., and budget examiner for NOAA and the Marine Mammal Commission in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget. He also served a year in the U.S. House of Representatives as the American Geophysical Union Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

Dr. Payne is well respected among coastal and ocean science and management practitioners, and serves as a subject matter expert on natural resource, community resilience, and climate adaptation issues. His current interagency appointments include co-chair for the Science for Disaster Reduction Working Group, Department of Commerce principal for the Federal Floodplain Management Task Force, NOAA principal for the Recovery Support Function Leadership Group, NOAA vice-lead for the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, and member of the U.S.-Mexico Good Neighbor Environmental Board Federal Advisory Committee.

Dr. Payne received a doctorate in geophysical oceanography from Texas A&M University and a bachelor's degree in geology from West Virginia University. While at Texas A&M, he was employed by the Geodynamics Research Institute as a research associate. Dr. Payne has conducted extensive ship-based geological and geophysical research and consulting work, with 380 days logged at sea. He has been widely published on scientific, technical, coastal management, and public policy topics.