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Lynn Harwell

Vice President for Administration

Lynn Harwell is Vice President for Administration overseeing the strategic development, integration and execution of the Barr Foundation’s operations and administrative resources to accomplish our mission. This includes organizational and talent development, grants management, finance/accounting, technology, and facilities. Leveraging her experiences across public, nonprofit and private sectors, Lynn provides strategic leadership on a range of operational issues that cut across the Foundation. Lynn finds deep satisfaction helping colleagues be their best selves at work, and discover what sparks joy in their professional lives—and then building this to form and sustain cross-functional, diverse and inclusive, interdependent, and productive teams. She also works to foster open, ongoing dialogue and high-quality connections across the organization in support of a shared vision, and strong development culture.

Prior to joining Barr’s leadership team, Lynn served in executive and administrative leadership roles in sectors including biomedical research, technology, and media and entertainment. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Lynn has also lived on the West Coast, though she has spent most of her adult life in New England (and will likely never get used to the weather). Starting her career as a tax CPA, Lynn received her JD from Harvard Law School jointly with an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has a BS in Business Administration from Boston University.

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