Lynda is a community leader and social philanthropist, who has dedicated her life to community empowerment. She is the President and Founder of Young Urbanites Unite (YU2), a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a social network for young professionals and promote social philanthropy through mentorship and community service. She also serves as the Community Engagement Specialist for American History High School in Newark, NJ where she cultivates community partnerships to support student achievement and parent involvement. Through her work in advocacy, organizing and mentoring, Lynda has become a voice for marginalized demographics like woman and young people.

During college, Lynda exercised the commitment to service she developed in high school by working with community groups and recruiting college mentors and tutors for youth. She served as Director of Student Affairs for Howard University’s Student Association. Lynda also interned for the US Department of Homeland Security.

Recently, Lynda’s love for public service and policy motivated her to establish her candidacy for Councilwoman At-Large in the 2014 Newark Municipal Election. Although she did not obtain a seat, she placed 7th out of 18 candidates. She was 1 of 3 women represented and the youngest on the ballot for that position.

She is ecstatic about her opportunity to serve as a National Urban Fellow and she looks forward to utilizing this experience as a foundation for public office.