ONAY PAYNE

AB '97, MBA '03


Ms. Payne is an equity owner and Managing Director of Clarion Partners. She is the portfolio manager for the firm’s closed-end fund investments in Mexico as well as for several U.S.-focused separate account clients. Ms. Payne joined the firm in 2003 and began working in the real estate and finance industries in 1997.

In overseeing the firm’s Mexico platform, Ms. Payne manages all acquisitions, asset management, dispositions, structuring, restructuring, arbitration, litigation and risk management activity in the country, where Clarion has invested $1 billion since 2006.   Ms. Payne also manages separate account client investments exceeding $5 billion in assets under management in all major property types and markets throughout the United States. Ms. Payne currently sits on Clarion’s Career Management Committee.

Ms. Payne is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, from which she received an A.B. in 1997. She received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (“HBS”) in 2003, where she was a Robert Toigo Foundation (“RTF”) Fellow. Ms. Payne is fluent in Spanish. 

Ms. Payne was featured in the Pace Common Ground Campaign for Gender Equality in 2017, and in HBS’ “why do you do what you do?” portrait project honoring the 50th anniversary of women students at the school in 2013. That year she was also named one of the Toigo Foundation’s inaugural “40 Under 40”.  She was recognized as one of Real Estate Forum Magazine’sWomen of Influence 2010” and has co-authored research articles published in relevant industry periodicals, including The Institutional Real Estate Letter and Inmobiliare Magazine.  Ms. Payne currently serves as Vice Chair of the RTF Alumni Endowment Board. She is also a member of WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate; and the Urban Land Institute, where she sits on the Commercial Retail Council and the Steering Committee of the Women’s Leadership Initiative.