Senior Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives

Dr. Macheo Payne serves as Lincoln’s senior director of equity and educational Initiatives, overseeing the training department and Oakland Freedom Schools program. Macheo is also an assistant professor at Cal State University, East Bay in the Department of Social Work. Macheo was a national trainer for the Children's Defense Fund's Child Policy Training Institute, training thousands of teaching interns nationally. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Macheo also holds an MSW from CSUEB and earned his Ed.D. from San Francisco State University. Macheo has experience working directly with youth as a coordinator for Leadership Excellence. Later, he served as the Oakland Youth Commission coordinator for the City of Oakland. Macheo also served as a founding director of Youth UpRising before coming to Lincoln. Macheo lives in Oakland with his wife Kafi and two sons, Elijah and Cameron. 

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