Karen Payne

Karen Payne

Karen Payne

Senior Public Service Associate; Information Technology Outreach Services



Karen Payne uses geographic information systems (GIS) and other spatial and information technologies to help organizations worldwide that are involved in humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Many of these services are provided through a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to joining the Institute of Government, she worked with university, state, and federal entities, examining issues related to water quality, invasive species, and nonpoint source pollution. She has extensive experience in land-use mapping and other environmental and archaeological GIS applications.


Ph.D., Australian National University

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Areas of Expertise: spatial technologies, open source data management, international capacity building, project management, grant writing


The chapel has been restored in a way that allows for its use by a wide variety of university and community groups for plays, concerts, lectures, weddings, meetings, and other special events. The Spalding Theater, which seats 240, and the Conference/Green Room, which seats 45, are rented to the public.

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