Patti Payne

President & CEO, Positively Patti Payne

Patti Payne serves as President and CEO of Positively Patti Payne, a consultancy, guiding clients in community and public relations strategies, crisis communications, media relations and other related issues.

Ms. Payne is a 35-year veteran broadcast personality in the Pacific Northwest; emcee for dozens of major charity events annually; and keynote speaker for a variety of organizations.  She was also a celebrated print columnist as well as business advisor for the Puget Sound Business Journal for 20 years.

During her more than three decades in the broadcasting industry, Payne received dozens of prestigious top national and local honors for her work,including the 5th Ave. Theatre’s Excellence Award; National Associated Press; Radio and Television NewsDirectors’ Association; Radio Festival of New York; Sigma Delta Chi; and San Francisco State University Broadcast awards.

Payne was Director of Public Affairs for Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project, guiding the project to its opening and into its first year.

She has served on a variety of boards, including Seattle/King County American Red Cross Leadership, KCTS, Urban Enterprise Center, PONCHO, Treehouse and is a member of the Greater Seattle Chamber Community Development Roundtable.

She is a professional musician, having appeared nightly on club stages as a vocalist and drummer in a jazz combo when her daughters were growing up; and later in a jazz combo headed by Seattle Mariners Chairman Emeritus, John Ellis.