About the Author
Laurence “Larry” Payne has more than thirty years of experience in public service, education and not-for-profit leadership. He has served as President and CEO of Houston Habitat for Humanity and as Chairman of the Education Foundation of Harris County. Payne has held positions in city, state and congressional government, including stints as District Director for congressmen Mickey Leland and Chris Bell, Deputy City Controller under former Houston Controller George Grenias, and Director of Houston City Council’s agenda under former Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire. He has received the Knights of St. Peter Claver Justice award—a national honor—for outstanding community service.