Payal Patel

Payal Patel

Director of Finance and Operations

As the Director of Finance and Operations for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Payal works to maintain the organization's administrative efficiency and financial health. She is responsible for refining and implementing policies and practices in the areas of finance, operations and human resources.

Payal comes to the organization with years of experience in leadership, operations, and human resources in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings. Payal's passion for the work the Ella Baker Center draws from her own personal experience with the impact of mass incarceration on her own family.

She is a single mother to a wonderful active young man. Payal is an active volunteer with youth organizations and enjoys promoting health and recreation in her community. When she isn't working, she is spending time outdoors hiking, traveling the world, and dancing as much as possible.