As Springpoint’s Executive Director, JoEllen Lynch oversees the organization’s work to support the design and launch of new, innovative public high school models. With a focus on positive youth development and student-centered learning, JoEllen directs Springpoint’s partnerships, external relations, and strategy. Under JoEllen’s leadership, Springpoint has partnered with seven school districts, networks, and charter management organizations to design and launch 12 new high schools that will serve over 6,000 students at capacity.
JoEllen brings over 30 years of experience in developing, supporting, and leading national, state, district, and not-for-profit efforts to create systemic and model pathways for education and economic opportunity. Over the course of her career she has designed and opened close to 80 schools and programs. As President of her own consulting practice, J. Lynch Consultants, JoEllen has been instrumental in the development of New York State’s reform strategies for K-16 education, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s educational initiative, Project Mastery, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Opportunity by Design strategy.
As Chief Executive Officer of Partnership Support Organizations and the Office of Multiple Pathways to Graduation at the New York City Department of Education, JoEllen was a member of Chancellor Joel Klein’s Senior Leadership Team and worked on the strategic development and implementation of key secondary, post-secondary and youth development reform strategies under the Children First Reform.
Before joining the Department of Education, JoEllen honed her skills in building district-partner schools and programs at Good Shepherd Services, a New York City based social service and youth development agency. She served as Assistant Executive Director for Community Based Programs, responsible for their K-12 school based programs, Adult Education and Workforce Preparation programs, youth development, youth employment and child welfare programs. JoEllen designed and then served as Director of the first nationally recognized transfer school model, South Brooklyn Community High School.