Hanna Payne graduated with a master's degree in environmental communication from Stanford University in 2020. Her research focused on watershed policy and management in San Francisquito Creek Watershed. Since graduating, she has been working at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) as a Research and Communications Assistant. Her work at COS includes research on the impacts of climate change on global aquatic food systems.
At the California Coastal Commission, Payne expects to work on planning projects related to climate change and adaptation to coastal hazards, including the Commission's Coastal Armoring Database Project. She also hopes to gain a better understanding of how law and policy can be used as tools for developing just solutions to local environmental issues.