This week, SGC welcomes Lynn von Koch-Liebert as its new Executive Director. We feel very lucky to have a new Executive Director who fully understands SGC’s mission and vision for achieving equitable and resilient communities and landscapes in California. Lynn's leadership experience and granular knowledge of the State’s interagency work make her a perfect fit for SGC, and we are very excited to work with her! Governor Gavin Newsom appointed von Koch-Liebert as SGC's new Executive Director on July 26, 2021.
“I am honored and inspired by our partners and communities, and ready to lead the California Strategic Growth Council forward,” said Lynn von Koch-Liebert. “California is faced with the existential threat of climate change, recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and addressing stark racial and economic inequities that persist in our communities – SGC’s unique position, expertise, and innovative approach can help the State respond to these challenges and more. I am excited to join these critical efforts.”
Learn more about Lynn below:
Lynn von Koch-Liebert is the Executive Director of the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC), which works to achieve sustainability, equity, economic prosperity, and quality of life for all Californians.
Lynn has held a variety of executive-level roles in the public and private sectors, working both nationally and internationally to effectuate change. She has expertise in organizational management, strategic planning, business development, strategic partnerships, policy development, continuous improvement, and project management. She has worked across a variety of sectors, including affordable housing & homelessness, international development, logistics, infrastructure, resiliency, and emergency planning.
Prior to joining SGC, Lynn was the Deputy Secretary for Housing at the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. In this role she worked to coordinate the housing finance system during the largest increase in funding in California’s affordable housing history; led the housing response during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic; led the implementation of California COVID-19 Rent Relief program; co-chaired the Housing and Transportation Working Group; and created the Outsmart Disaster Campaign. Prior to working with the State, Lynn was a Business Development executive at DynCorp International LLC. She also served in Afghanistan, South Sudan and Jerusalem for the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS).
Lynn has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University, a Master’s degree in International Security from Cranfield Defense Academy, an Advanced Project Management Certificate from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of South Dakota.