Raquel Payton Childs

Raquel Payton-Childs is currently the Associate Chief of Staff at an innovative identity verification technology company. Her journey, characterized by a deep commitment to education and community, has led her to where she is today.
Before her foray into the tech industry, Raquel devoted herself to the field of education. With experience as a high school Honors teacher and an adjunct professor, she was a guiding force in students’ lives, both during their high school years and the pivotal transition that followed.

In 2021, Raquel took on a new role as the Executive Director of the Gary Payton II Foundation. As the eldest and only sister of the foundation’s namesake, Gary Payton II, she is actively learning alongside him as he conquers one goal after another, all the while deepening his understanding of Dyslexia. Her expertise in the education system and project management uniquely positions her to drive the foundation’s goals and initiatives.

Raquel’s educational journey includes a BA in Education from St. John’s University in New York City and an M.Ed. from Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. She’s also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a dedicated wife, and a loving mother.

Raquel’s story is one of passion, dedication, and a profound commitment to making a positive impact both in education and within her family’s foundation.