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 during the COVID-19 pandemic, in rural and Tribal broadband and Opportunity Zones; overseeing the Regional Community Foundation Network and Rural Philanthropy.
Before joining Philanthropy Northwest, 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 and in the legal field. Lyn is currently the co-chair of the 2020 Seattle National Philanthropy Day Selection Committee, a current board member of Seattle Parks Foundation, a former board member of Sound Child Care Solutions and Conflict Resolution Institute, 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."