Brandy Payne was born and raised in Calgary, growing up in the southeast part of the city before moving to Ottawa to pursue a degree in Journalism at Carleton University. She experienced the challenges posed by PC cuts firsthand and those experiences informed the political values of fairness, equal access to opportunities, and a focus on families that have driven her to run in this election.
While attending school at Carleton, Payne got her first taste of political organizing working with her fellow students to ensure accessibility to post-secondary education for all students regardless of financial circumstances.
After exploring a career in Journalism, she continued her work on education advocacy as the Policy and Research Coordinator for the Simon Fraser Student Society. In 2006, Payne moved back to Calgary and spent a number of years working in the Oil and Gas sector before earning a teaching certificate as a yoga instructor. Prior to working with the Legislative Assembly, she operated a small business offering clients practical methods to reduce chronic pain and strengthen their physical capacity through yoga therapy.
Payne lives in Calgary-Acadia with her husband, Scott, and their young daughter Zoe.