Lynda is a dynamic, visionary local government expert with a long history of accomplishments transforming communities through a holistic approach to community and economic development. Having 30-years experience in local government, the last 20 years as City Manager, Assistant City Manager or as a Consultant, her approach includes leading innovative, yet realistic award-winning strategic planning initiatives with executable plans of action, creative community engagement, and capital improvement program investments recognizing successful community development is a relationship between process and outcomes.
Lynda directed the revolutionary, award-winning Bastrop Building Block Code initiative and adoption of a street grid network to resolve detrimental development allowed under previous codes, while serving as Bastrop City Manager. She led the award-winning community visioning process, Realize Rowlett 2020, a multi-year update to the City’s comprehensive plan to prepare for significant economic development anticipated with the completion of President George Bush Turnpike in 2011 after waiting 45 years and the completion of DART Light Rail in 2012 after waiting 30 years, while serving as Rowlett City Manager. She also directed the completion of a Comprehensive Plan Update and Streetscape Guidelines for the City of DeSoto, while serving as DeSoto Assistant City Manager.
In addition, Lynda is passionate about innovative community engagement and created Rowlett. My Community. My Money. My Choice., an innovative city-wide program designed to interactively engage and educate citizens, in-person and online, about their city government and its challenges, which resulted in 77% of participants indicating a willingness to support a tax increase to maintain city services immediately following the Great Recession in 2009/2010. As City Manager, she directed a comprehensive community engagement strategy for the Bastrop Building Block Code initiative that included a variety of engagement methods resulting in 4700 properties being re-zoned at one time with no citizens present to speak in opposition; and showed citizens the possibilities of the Bastrop Building Block Code initiative, prior to adoption, through an award-winning “Pop-Up” event that included parklets, streetlights, landscaping, street art, outdoor dining, vendors, and music resulting in citizens becoming excited about the possibilities and championing its approval.
Lynda has a master’s degree in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Accounting. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute from the University of Oklahoma and has achieved the Certified Public Manager certification from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Lynda is considered an engaging speaker and has been invited to speak at national, state, and local conferences on various municipal topics including community fiscal sustainability, downtown development, public engagement, and shaping a city’s identity. In addition, she teaches a variety of courses with the Certified Public Manager Certification Program at Texas State University.