Lynn Schwartz, Chief Advancement Officer, joins WOMEN’S WAY with a passion for advancing gender equity for women and opening pathways for improved access. In her new role as CAO, Lynn designs, oversees and leads strategic fundraising initiatives. She brings over 25 years of experience in relationship-building and major gift fundraising.
As the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships for Penn Medicine, she built organizational platforms for philanthropic and business sustainability. She was integral to the leadership team who helped the university to its successful conclusion of the historic $1.4 billion Making History campaign. Lynn raised transformative gifts in support of groundbreaking immunotherapy work of Dr. Carl June and Dr. John Wherry and for Penn’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Center. Prior, Lynn was Director of Development with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Temple University, and The Washington Institute.
Diane Cornman-Levy, CEO of WOMEN’S WAY said, “Lynn rose to the top of a group of highly qualified candidates because of her vast development experience, her keen ability to develop and sustain relationships, and her passion for advancing gender equity for all women, including the trans and gender non-conforming community. She is the perfect person to help us move WOMEN’S WAY to the next level.”
Lynn grew up in Charleston SC where systemic racism, poverty, exclusion and barriers to equality were clearly evident. These formative years helped shape her drive and passion for fairness and equality. Lynn says, “I’m honored and humbled to be asked to lead the development efforts of WOMEN’S WAY as the fight for gender equality is more relevant and critical than ever. I hope all Philadelphians will join WOMEN’S WAY to help create a fair and immutable reality which cements gender equity, in all its forms, throughout our city and society.”
Lynn volunteers her time with progressive organizations supporting the LGBTQ community and with the advocacy group Our City, Our Schools, fighting for fair funding for Philadelphia’s public schools. She received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and her BA from Drew University in Economics and English.