Payne Program Staff
Cynthia Valentine, Program Manager:
Cynthia Valentine currently serves as the Program Manager for the Donald M Payne International Development Fellowship program. Previously, Ms. Valentine was the Program Coordinator, for the Charles B Rangel International Affairs program. There she was responsible for managing public outreach, logistical needs, and compliance for all program activities. Ms. Valentine is a dedicated hard worker with a strong academic background. She graduated Phi Beta Kapa from Howard University with a degree in Political Science, concentrating in International Relations. Cynthia has been heavily involved in community and economic development. During her time at Precise Consult, a firm specializing in economic research and capacity building for World Bank and USAID-funded projects, she researched and analyzed historical market trends in various export sectors, gaining insight into industry trends. She also served as an intern at the United States Embassy in Niger in their Public Diplomacy and Consular sections. There she gained critical insight into the implementation of U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy. Ms. Valentine has travel extensively throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. She currently resides in Washington D.C. with her husband Todd and two daughters, Avery and Brooklyn.
Darryl Stephens, Payne Program Financial Manager :
Darryl Stephens joined the Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University in February 2016 as the Finance Manager for both the Payne and Rangel Fellowships. Prior to his current role he served as a procurement consultant for the consulting firm A.T. Kearney. Darryl is an alumni of Howard University's M.B.A. program and has a B.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia State University. While pursuing his this MBA he served as a graduate assistant with the Small Business Development Center located on Howard's campus. Prior to pursuing an M.B.A., Darryl co-owned and operated an apparel company in the Greater Atlanta area that focused on youth sports.
Danielle Gantt Hudgins, Payne Program Graduate Assistant:
Danielle Gantt-Hudgins works as the graduate assistant and is a proud member of the Payne Fellowship Program team. She is a PhD student in the African Studies Department and a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow. When she is not supporting the development of the Payne Program, Danielle interns in the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress. Her lifelong love of learning and experiences studying abroad in South Africa and Trinidad & Tobago inspired her to move to Washington D.C., where she desires to work in foreign service and help improve U.S.-Africa relations. Danielle believes that increasing diversity in the foreign service is a major part of that goal, hence her enthusiasm to promote the Payne Program vision.