Aleta Payne joined Faith & Leadership in November 2019. Aleta’s role as associate editor combines her experience in newspaper and magazine journalism with her work at faith-based nonprofits, including the North Carolina Council of Churches and Johnson Service Corps. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke. Aleta writes a monthly commentary for the opinion pages of the News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer. She is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she serves as a lay Eucharistic minister and is active with several of the parish’s outreach ministries.