Kevin Lynch served Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA), the membership association for the social enterprise sector in North America, since 2006, first as a Board member, then as President & CEO from June 2011 through January 2015, and mostly recently as CEO Emeritus. During these years, he revived the organization, returned it to credibility, restored its financial health and set it on a pathway to become a powerful movement builder for the common good.
Lynch is, first and foremost, a social enterprise practitioner. After starting and selling a direct mail business in college, he worked from 1980 to 2001 in the advertising industry, the last 14 years as founder and principal of Lynch Jarvis Jones, the first social enterprise ad agency, whose mission was to create positive social change through the power of advertising and marketing. From 2003 to 2011 he was President of Rebuild Resources, Inc., a nationally recognized non-profit social enterprise in St. Paul, Minnesota that exclusively employed recovering ex-offenders.
With Julius Walls, Jr., he wrote Mission, Inc., The Practitioner’s Guide To Social Enterprise¨ (2009), a highly regarded, practical book that focuses on the day-to-day challenges and opportunities faced by social enterprise practitioners. Most recently he has turned his attention to speaking about social enterprise in the context of the “privilege economy”. He has spoken across the United States and on five continents, and is a blogger on the popular Huffington Post. He is a neophyte tweeter at @missioninclynch