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Jewlya Lynn

PhD, CEO/Research Director
Spark Policy

Dr. Jewlya Lynn is the CEO and founder of Spark Policy Institute, where she leads an interdisciplinary team that develops innovative, research-based approaches to solve complex societal problems. She is experienced in working in communities, has a deep understanding of policy and politics, and provides extensive expertise in working across public and private sectors. Her work at Spark focuses on a wide variety of society’s most pressing and difficult-to-solve issues, from healthcare reform to environmental challenges to cyber infrastructure.

In addition to supporting and catalyzing change in many different arenas, Dr. Lynn has a passion for developing, adapting, and refining tools, processes, and frameworks, in order to make complex work less abstract and more hands on. These include widely-used tools for adaptive planning, strategic learning, systems change and facilitation (many of which can be found on