Anne K. Lynn, a marketing professional with wide experience in building non-profit institutions, has been named as the first director of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ).
Established in 1988, AFEDJ supports the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and its 37 institutions, including schools, hospitals and a wide range of programs throughout Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
"Anne Lynn is a dynamic, highly qualified leader who will take AFEDJ forward. She comes with great ideas for leading AFEDJ in to a whole new level of commitment and possibilities," said Dennis Hensley, AFEDJ board president. "With the arrival of the new AFEDJ director we expect to…expand our capacity to communicate more effectively and efficiently. This major step forward will greatly improve the positive impact that the Episcopal Church and its partners have on the work of the Diocese of Jerusalem."
Integrating public relations, direct response, and advertising and promotion strategies have been a particular area of focus in Lynn's previous experience. She has led teams in several product and service areas, including financial institutions, computer corporations and food, drug and healthcare companies at various major international advertising agencies.
Since working in the non-profit sector, Lynn has served on the boards of several Connecticut-based organizations that provide emergency assistance services in affordable housing, as well as for the homeless and near homeless, and those affected by substance abuse.
"The AFEDJ board sought someone with a proven record in building non-profit institutions, combined with an understanding of both the organization's committed volunteers and those they serve," said a press release announcing the appointment. "Communicating the complex realities of Christians, Muslims and Jews in the Middle East to the people of the United States is a challenge in today's volatile climate. AFEDJ is committed to supporting the schools, hospitals and programs of the Diocese of Jerusalem as the foundational work of building presence and building peace."
The press release described Lynn as "a dynamic and highly qualified leader who will take AFEDJ to this next level," noting that her background in marketing and management "makes her well suited to assessing and communicating complex and vital issues."
Lynn lives in Darien, Connecticut with her husband and they have three children. She is a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church where she has served on the vestry and is actively involved in the parish's outreach ministries.
Further information on the AFEDJ is available here or by calling 203-655-3575.