Domenika Lynch is a purpose-driven, strategic and inspirational leader, a champion for women’s rights and social equity, and a longtime advocate for the Latino community. Domenika Lynch is the executive director of the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program (AILAS). In this role, she advances AILAS’ commitment to increasing Latino access to opportunity and inclusion in the economy and championing the understanding that a prosperous future for all Americans rests on Latino American economic advancement.
Over the course of two decades in leadership roles, Lynch has overseen strategic planning, reputation management, policy advocacy, and public affairs campaigns for nonprofits and corporations, increasing donor and stakeholder support and raising tens of millions of dollars for organizational endowments. She skillfully facilitates internal and external relationships for maximum social impact, speaks frequently on leadership development and diversity & inclusion strategies, and prioritizes mentoring and empowering the next generation of leaders.
From July 2016 to May 2019, Lynch served as president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the preeminent Latino leadership institute founded by Hispanic members of Congress in Washington, DC. Building on CHCI’s 40-year legacy, she led an organizational and financial turn-around, raising more than $20 million to ensure that CHCI will remain a premier national convener for thought leadership.
She previously spent more than a decade as executive director of the Latino Alumni Association (LAA) at the University of Southern California. During her tenure, LAA doubled its membership and tripled its endowment. Her professional breadth extends into the corporate sector, with previous leadership positions at Bank of America and Univision.
Lynch’s dedication to advancing positive change has been widely recognized. She received the 2019 National Ohtli Award from the Mexican government for services to the Mexican and Mexican American communities, the 2018 Leadership Award from Crittenton Services of Greater Washington for empowering young women and teen mothers, and the 2018 Legacy Award from the USC Latino Alumni Association. She was highlighted as one of The Hill’s 2017 Latina Leaders to Watch and named a 2016 Latina of Influence by Hispanic Lifestyle.
A graduate of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Lynch holds a master’s degree from the USC Rossier School of Education and is completing a doctoral degree in Public Policy, Planning and Development at USC.
Lynch is most inspired by stories of immigrants in the pursuit of the American Dream. She fundamentally believes that learning to overcome adversity is a leader’s greatest competitive advantage. Lynch currently serves on the boards of Allvanza, Casa 0101 and Latinos Lead.