Jewlya Lynn, PhD

As the CEO and founder of Spark Policy Institute, Dr. Lynn’s work focuses on public policy and community transformation by collaboratively working with stakeholders to solve complex problems. Through a combination of real-time learning strategies, evaluation, facilitation and stakeholder engagement, Jewlya’s work has contributed to lasting and meaningful change across multiple systems and issue areas including health care, behavioral health, early childhood, secondary education, child welfare, juvenile and criminal justice, diversity and disparities, natural resources and urban planning.

Jewlya is at the forefront nationally in developing an evaluation framework for advocacy field building and developed Spark’s unique Strategic Learning model, which she applies in settings where learning is critical to success including collective impact, advocacy, systems building and community mobilizing. Her coaching services for foundations and nonprofits throughout the country help these organizations develop and implement evaluation and strategic learning to help them both thrive and succeed.

Jewlya is a 2014 Cross Sector Leadership Fellow with the Presidio Institute, part of a year-long program implemented in partnership with the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, BlackRock, and McKinsey & Company. Prior to founding Spark, Jewlya managed the project designed to transform social services, juvenile justice and education systems in response to the Columbine shooting and before that, worked for the Colorado State Legislature.

Outside of her work at Spark, Jewlya loves the outdoors in all weather – biking, hiking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating on a lake in the mountains – and even backpacking with her one-year old daughter along for the ride. Talk about a challenge! Jewlya has a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado-Denver.