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Harry P. “Hank” Lynch has been named Chief Executive Officer for Reston Association. The Board of Directors unanimously voted in favor of hiring Lynch after a 9-month search to fill the vacant position.
Lynch is a resident of Norfolk. He most recently held the position of CEO for Farm Sanctuary, which is the nation’s oldest and largest farmed animal welfare, education and advocacy non-profit organization with operations across the country and offices and farms in New York, New Jersey and California. Lynch’s previous executive experience includes the top positions at The National Maritime Center in Norfolk and at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in northeast Ohio. Lynch holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in horticulture, including design, public administration and museum management. He began his career as a horticulturist and ISA certified arborist. His degrees are from the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware where he was selected into the celebrated Longwood Gardens Fellowship program.
“We are thrilled to have found what we believe is a great match for Reston Association,” said RA Board President Andy Sigle. “Hank is passionate about the concepts that make up our Reston Essential Elements; environmental stewardship, recreational amenities, design excellence, appreciation of the arts, diverse housing opportunities and accessibility. He is a proven leader. We look forward to working together to guide our community forward.”
“I am so very pleased to have earned the trust of the Reston Association Board of Directors and been given the opportunity to serve this unique and inspiring community,” said Lynch. “I am excited to be joining a highly professional staff and accomplished Board in protecting Robert Simon’s revolutionary vision for Reston and to provide the leadership necessary to keep its brilliance shining.”
During his 25-year career, Lynch has partnered with government officials on complex public/private projects. He has been active in fundraising efforts and in promoting diversity and inclusion within the organizations he has helped grow. Lynch is currently a volunteer for the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia and has been active in various other volunteer efforts since 1996. He has also completed additional advanced executive leadership and management training at both Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Lynch replaces Cate Fulkerson, who resigned from RA in February after serving as CEO since 2013. Lynch will be moving to Reston and begin work at RA in January 2019. He will report to the nine-member RA board. Larry Butler, the association’s Senior Director for Land Use and Planning, has been serving as acting CEO.