In response to President Donald J. Trump’s remarks about immigration and Africa, Rachel Payne, Democratic Candidate for California’s 48th Congressional District, released an official statement and released a web ad discussing her firsthand experiences working in Africa.
“Donald Trump’s comments about Africa are offensive, misguided, and detrimental to our standing in the world, our allies, and the growth of our economy. When I was on the Africa Leadership team at Google, I spent several years working with the local community to help build the foundation for an Internet Economy and use technology to empower tech entrepreneurs, farmers, students, and small business owners across the continent. There are not people on the planet stronger than women in Africa and they are my heroes. It is shameful that our president views these hardworking, entrepreneurial individuals as not worthy of living in America. His comments are not reflective of Orange County values and I’m calling on Congressman Dana Rohrabacher to denounce them.”
Payne is a technology executive and entrepreneur who has vast experience developing innovative solutions to drive economic growth. While working in International Business Operations and as Country Manager at Google, Payne led teams in Emerging Markets, spending several years living and working in sub-Saharan Africa. She focused on infrastructure, localization, strategic partnerships, and public policy to ensure broad-based participation in the opportunities created by mobile phones and emerging technologies. Her team’s work was recognized in 2010, where she accepted Google’s first award at the Mobile World Congress for “Best Mobile Apps for Economic and Social Development” along with partners MTN and the Grameen Foundation for building and scaling critical mobile services in agriculture, trade and health that serve people in poor, rural areas. She also worked with heads of state on policy relating to Internet access and job creation.
Payne also has experience working for microfinance organizations that provide financial services and access to technology for low-income individuals in Latin America and Africa.
View her ad here: