James Payne Pict.James Payne is a graduate of Wilberforce University and holds a Masters of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University. He is currently employed by the Buffalo Board of Education and is also a member of 100 Black Men of Greater Buffalo,Inc.  He has helped to developed one of the most progressive mentoring programs in Western New York and attends the Friendship Baptist church and teaches Sunday school.  James is a Board Member of Citizen Action of Western New York and, with the Alliance for Quality Education, played a pivotal role in revising the Code of Conduct for the Buffalo Public School District to keep students safe and in school.