LYNN KNIGHT, CEcD: Executive Vice President
Lynn A. Knight, CEcD is Executive Vice President of the Institute for Sustainable Development, a national 501(c)3 that is dedicated to transforming how communities prepare for, respond to, recover from, and become more resilient to disasters. Her career incorporates successful chapters as a journalist, entrepreneur, business executive, government and non-profit leader. An award-winning author, entrepreneur, corporate executive and community volunteer, she has worked in 14 countries, 26 U.S. states and 4 territories.
For the world’s largest and oldest organization for the economic development profession, Lynn served for over 5 years as the International Economic Development Council’s VP of Knowledge Management. She managed thought-leading research on behalf of a national think tank and created content for certification training, annual conferences and a virtual learning program. She oversaw research publications, a quarterly journal and an international newsletter. She served as national program director for the organization’s technical assistance, economic recovery and resilience portfolio, which assisted distressed communities in dozens of states and territories that experienced natural and manmade disasters.
As the Washington DC representative of the Governor of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, in 2009 Lynn worked with federal agencies to build a social safety net for the territory, dealing with complex economic recovery, infrastructure, immigration and labor issues. She was appointed by two Governors to lead economic development commissions, serving on the Governor’s Strategic Economic Development Council, Strategic Workforce Action Team, and Tourism Task Force. She was elected board chair/president of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, and serve two terms as the elected chair of the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Previously Lynn was VP of Corporate Affairs for TanHoldings for 8 years and served the board of its parent company, which operated global companies and regional businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. The firm operated affiliates in a dozen industries, including the world’s largest manufacturer of designer apparel. Lynn served in executive team management of an international tour company, publishing, real estate, logistics, a cargo airline, a shipping line, fishing, entertainment and insurance. She was on the executive committee of Asia-Pacific Hotels, supporting the acquisition and rebranding of several resorts. Lynn also served as VP and publisher of a daily newspaper and as executive director of the TanHoldings Foundation.
As an entrepreneur, Lynn founded and owned a full service public relations and advertising agency, Sunset Advertising Group, which served leading clients in the West Pacific for 14 years. She was the Saipan Bureau Chief / News Anchor for a regional cable TV company based in Guam. Early in her career, Lynn was Director of the Office of the Chairman of the California-based ComputerLand Corporation, a $1.4B retailer with 880 franchised stores in 26 countries.
Lynn earned bachelor of arts degrees in Communications and Psychology from California State University Chico. She trained in Tourism Product Development with the U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and European Travel Commission. She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).