C. Lynn McNair
Lynn McNair joined the Alliance in December 2016 as vice president of philanthropic partnerships. She brings nearly thirty years of progressive philanthropy and fund development experience securing resources for small and large nonprofit organizations with national and/or international missions and agendas. Ms. McNair has extensive knowledge and experience working with foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.
Most recently, Ms. McNair was senior director of philanthropy and partnership development at the Internet Society, an international organization trusted as the world’s independent source of leadership for internet policy, technology standards, and future development. She also worked for the Salzburg Global Seminar as vice president of philanthropic partnerships. Prior to joining the Seminar, Ms. McNair worked for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), an organization that promotes equity in education for women and girls and provides legal advocacy in cases of sex discrimination in higher education. At the AAUW, she served as acting director of the Association’s Educational Foundation, which provides funding for research on women and girls in education and for graduate women worldwide, as well as director of development, where she oversaw all aspects of AAUW’s fundraising, working with senior staff, consultants, volunteers, and the three boards to implement plans for annual, program, corporate, foundation, individual and government funding.
Prior to joining AAUW, Ms. McNair directed fund development and corporate programs for the National Governors Association, where she developed opportunities for corporate donors to interface with governors and their chiefs of staff and facilitated roundtable discussion between governors and private sector leadership. Before her time at AAUW, she served as director of development at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies where she negotiated major grants to support projects in South Africa and Benin, and in addition to overseeing annual fundraising efforts, she helped coordinate a $15 million capital campaign.
Ms. McNair’s interest in and commitment to international development led to an earlier career focus in fund development positions with the Overseas Education Fund, Youth for Understanding International Exchange, and the South-East Consortium for International Development, a consortium of universities in the American South committed to providing research and training to developing nations.
Ms. McNair jointly founded and cochaired the African American Women’s Giving Circle of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and currently sits on the board of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. She graduated cum laude with a degree in French and multi-national corporate studies from Upsala College and received a master of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. Ms. McNair is also an alumna of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s executive management program. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Texaco Executive Management Institute.