Advisory board

Onay Payne

Clarion Partners

CEO Managing Director

Ms. Payne is an equity owner and Managing Director of Clarion Partners. She is a Portfolio Manager with responsibility for several billion in assets under management. Ms. Payne currently sits on Clarion’s Investment Committee and Career Management Committee.  Ms. Payne joined the firm in 2003 and began working in the real estate and finance industries in 1997. 

Ms. Payne has portfolio oversight of several separate account and co-mingled investment mandates covering all major property types and markets throughout the United States. In overseeing Clarion’s Mexico platform, Ms. Payne manages the firm’s asset management, dispositions, structuring, restructuring, arbitration, litigation and risk management activity in the country, where Clarion has invested $1 billion since 2006.  

Ms. Payne is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, from which she received an A.B. in 1997. She received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (“HBS”) in 2003, where she was a Robert Toigo Foundation (“RTF”) Fellow.  Ms. Payne is fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Payne was featured in the Pace Common Ground Campaign for Gender Equality in 2017, and in HBS’ “why do you do what you do?” portrait project honoring the 50th anniversary of women students at the school in 2013. That year she was also named one of the Toigo Foundation’s inaugural “40 Under 40”.  She was recognized as one of Real Estate Forum Magazine’sWomen of Influence 2010” and has co-authored research articles published in relevant industry periodicals, including The Institutional Real Estate Letter and Inmobiliare Magazine.  Ms. Payne currently serves as Vice Chair of the RTF Alumni Endowment Board.  She is also a member of the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board; WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate; and the Urban Land Institute, where she sits on the Commercial Retail Council, the Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, and the ULI NY Advisory Board.