The Hon. Lynn Schenk
Class of 2007
Having decades of experience as a public company board member of Fortune 500 and smaller companies, and having served at the highest levels of State and Federal government, my objective is to leverage that professional and life experience by adding value to private or public companies, including portfolio companies of private equity firms. Below is a brief career synopsis:
Lynn Schenk has had a varied career as a lawyer, a board member of several public companies and government service.
She is an experienced Board Director in the areas of governance, risk management oversight, regulatory matters, ESG, succession planning, activist engagement and capital allocation having served over the years on a variety of public company boards (in the areas of banking; energy and utilities; manufacturing; and small and large biotech).
Lynn has been recognized for her excellence in Board service by the Corporate Directors Forum (Lifetime Achievement award) and by the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Directorship 100, honoring “the Most Influential People in Corporate Governance and in the Boardroom”. She is a NACD Fellow and on its Risk Advisory Council.
As a member of the Corporate Directors Forum, Women Corporate Directors, and the Women Energy Directors Network as well as other Director related affiliations, Lynn keeps up on issues and best practices. Until recently rotating off, she was a member of the Board of Directors of Biogen and Sempra Energy (both Fortune 500 companies). She chaired board committees on Risk (Biogen) and Environment, Health, Safety and Technology (Sempra). In addition, she served on both companies’ Compensation and Management Development Committees and Sempra’s Nominating & Governance Committee. In the past, she chaired Biogen’s Corporate Governance Committee.
Lynn is recognized by peers as an independent, strategic, clear thinker who can “look around corners” and deal with the unexpected. She engages to understand before acting. She asks probing questions in a civil manner intended to elicit risk and alternatives.
In Government, Lynn served as the California Secretary of Business, Transportation & Housing in the Governor’s Cabinet. At the time, the Agency had oversight over banking, insurance, real estate, business development, CALTRANS and DMV (to name a few departments). She was a San Diego Port Commissioner dealing with major international transportation and environmental issues, an elected Member of the U.S.Congress (and served on the House Energy & Commerce Committee), and as Chief of Staff to California Governor Gray Davis dealing with the simultaneous challenges of 9/11/01, the energy crisis, and budget crisis.
Her civic contributions and service on several non profit boards have been recognized with numerous awards and commendations.