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Director, Environment Program
Lynn joined The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in December 2008, and is responsible for shaping the Foundation's environmental programming with an emphasis on the freshwater crisis facing the United States. Lynn has convened national leaders in government, business and non-governmental organizations to explore the intersections of freshwater and climate change, infrastructure and built environment, agriculture, energy and public health. Much of her work has focused on leading a diverse set of stakeholders to issue a Call to Action on U.S. Freshwater Challenges.
Prior to joining The Johnson Foundation, Lynn served for six years as executive director of Milwaukee Riverkeeper®, a water advocacy organization. Before joining Riverkeeper, she spent 12 years working for The Nature Conservancy and a related organization, NatureServe, where her role as director of U.S. Network Partnerships focused on negotiating data sharing agreements among the nation’s Natural Heritage Programs.
Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia, a master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and a doctorate in botany and genetics from Duke University. She serves on the boards of River Network, River Alliance of Wisconsin, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies of the University of Wisconsin - Madison.