The CGBD secretariat is based out of the Presidio of San Francisco; they meet with NGO representatives at their request, at staff invitation, or CGBD member request. The secretariat does not recommend proposals or projects to members. It offers advice on and may suggest possible avenues for support.
From 2008-2011 at Fair Trade USA, Lynn enhanced the organization’s fundraising capacity, including capturing support for farmer cooperatives in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She inspired a new children’s book, Roses for Isabella, published by Steiner Books.
Lynn’s other philanthropy related credits include positions with the Broad Reach Foundation, Consumers Union, and Mother Jones magazine.
Lynn spent 15 years in the professional theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where with her husband, playwright Lance Belville, she founded the History Theatre, dedicated to doing all new works based on social issues, history and folklore. As an actor, director and producer, she oversaw its growth to its present 599 seat home and received awards from the Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle and the American Association for State and Local History.
She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of South Dakota and holds an M.A. in Community Arts Management, from the University of Illinois, in Springfield.