Taking an outside-in approach, Lyn helps build stronger connections between Philanthropy Northwest partners, communities and the six state region. Her work includes catalyzing collective action and learning in various areas of interest for members including public-private partnerships where authentic, effective and mutually beneficial relationships are key. Her current portfolio of work includes co-managing Building Community Philanthropy, an $8 million dollar multi-year grant from the Gates Foundation to local community foundations, United Ways and identity funds; sleuthing the role of philanthropy in Opportunity Zones; overseeing the Regional Community Foundation Network and Rural Philanthropy.
Before joining Philanthropy Northwest thirteen years ago, Lyn was a development officer at the United Way of King County. Prior to that, she worked in public relations for a wireless software start-up company in the for-profit sector. Lyn is currently the co-chair of the 2020 Seattle National Philanthropy Day Selection Committee, a former board member of Sound Child Care Solutions, former chapter co-chair of the Seattle Puget Sound Chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders In Philanthropy (AAPIP) and a volunteer Girl Scout troop leader. She is a graduate of Council on Foundation’s Career Pathways, a national leadership development cohort, ProjectLEAD and Lewis & Clark College. Lyn was born and raised in Hawai'i and still proudly refers to it as "home."