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Lynne Ashbeck joined the Center in 2006 as a Special Consultant, bringing with her 25 years of community facilitation, planning and mediation experience and a strong belief in the ability of local communities to create powerful solutions to the problems they face. She has worked on a variety of Center projects, including transportation challenges facing foothill communities, regional water planning/quality issues in the San Joaquin Valley and higher education collaborations.
Outside of the Center, Lynne works as the Regional Vice President for the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. Her previous work experiences span higher education (as the Extension Programs Director at California State University, Fresno), health care (as the Director of Education at Children's Hospital Central California) and agriculture, with nearly 20 years of work on behalf of California's dairy industry as the Vice President, Program Services for Dairy Council of California. She holds a Masters Degree in Nutrition from Fresno State, a Graduate Certificate Program in Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution from Fresno Pacific University and will complete her Master’s degree there in 2012.
Lynne is also a current Councilmember of the City of Clovis. She was first elected in 2001, served as the Mayor from 2003–2005, and was re-elected to a third term in 2009. During her tenure on the City Council, Lynne has been instrumental in convening and facilitating community discussions surrounding commercial corridor development, Old Town business plans, neighborhood revitalization efforts, and meeting the needs of the homeless. Lynne also founded the Clovis Citizens Academy as a means to educate and engage citizens in their local government. She is active in the League of California Cities’ Institute for Local Government, dedicated to increasing civic engagement in communities. Prior to her election to the City Council, Lynne served as a Clovis Planning Commissioner for 12 years, giving her a strong foundation in land use planning issues facing communities today.
Lynne has an extensive background in regional and community activities, has facilitated strategic planning for groups ranging from nonprofits to healthcare to agriculture, and taught in the area of conflict resolution. She was recently appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley. She has provided leadership to community initiatives ranging from job creation to local transportation sales tax efforts to addressing prescription drug abuse in local high schools. She has served in leadership capacities on the Boards of many local organizations, including Leadership Fresno, Community Food Bank, and the United Way.
Lynne has been recognized for her community work by the United Way (2010); as one of the Top Ten Professional Women of the Year (2007), the Soroptomists' Woman of Distinction (2005); Clovis Woman of the Year (2001); California School Nurse Organization, Central Valley Section (1997); Fresno Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award (1996) and Leadership Fresno Alumnus of the Year (1994).