Lyn Hunter

Lyn Hunter

Taking an outside-in approach, Lyn focuses on catalyzing collective action through networks. Her current portfolio of work includes co-managing Building Community Philanthropy, an $8 million-dollar, multi-year grant from the Gates Foundation, and sleuthing the role of philanthropy during the COVID-19 pandemic by co-directing the Washington Equity Relief Fund for Nonprofits which re-distributed $12 million of CARES Act funding to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities on behalf of the Washington State Department of Commerce. She is the architect of the Regional Community Foundation Network, the Rural Funder Series and Cohort, and the Tribal Broadband Learning Community. She is also working on building a movement of anti-hate funding in the Northwest. In addition to this, Lyn staffs the executive committee and nominating and governance committee of Philanthropy Northwest's board of directors.

Before joining Philanthropy Northwest in 2006, Lyn was a development officer at the United Way of King County. Prior to that, she worked at a wireless software start-up company and in the legal field. Lyn is currently a board member of the Seattle Parks Foundation, a network of community leaders and public partners working together to make public spaces happen. She is also a volunteer Girl Scout troop leader. Lyn is a former board member of a network of early learning centers called Sound Child Care Solutions, a former board member of Conflict Resolution Institute and a former chapter co-chair of the Seattle Puget-Sound Chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). She is a graduate of Council on Foundation’s Career Pathways, a national leadership development cohort, and she received her bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark College.