Dr. Kathlene is Director at Spark. Her work combines research with evaluation across a number of different projects, including multiple cross-system efforts in local food systems and natural resources. She has over 25 years of experience in academic and applied public policy research, directing multi-system policy research processes, and facilitating community action projects with a particular focus on social justice. Her policy work has focused on engaging often underrepresented populations in policy-relevant research, and she is internationally respected for her research on gender and public policy. Lyn has also conducted multiple collaborative studies on topics related to food systems, health disparities, health care systems, natural resource management and transportation.
Before joining Spark, she was the founding director of the Colorado Institute of Public Policy (CIPP) and professor of political science at Colorado State University. Lyn has held academic appointments at Purdue University, University of Minnesota (on sabbatical at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs), the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and Colorado State University. Dr. Kathlene received numerous awards in research, teaching and service during her tenure at these universities. Recently, Lyn was the research co-lead for a Sustainable Citizenship project in New Zealand, was a panel reviewer for the National Science Foundation IGERT centers, and over the years has reviewed manuscripts for numerous public policy and political science academic journals. Her publications appear in the top journals of political science and environmental studies.
Dr. Kathlene is active in the community during her spare time. She is currently a member of the Stapleton United Neighbors (SUN) Board, their transportation subcommittee, and is the SUN Board representative on the Citizen Advisory Board of the Stapleton Development Corporation. Lyn contributes articles on new urbanism to the north Denver neighborhood newspaper “The Front Porch”. She is on the Wellness Committee at Isabella Bird Community School and serves as the garden leader. Lyn additionally enjoys gardening, fiber arts, yoga, biking – doing all these things and more with her kids – and, of course, travel!
Lyn received her Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis, and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She was recently appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Waikato, Hamilton in New Zealand.