Lynn Youngbar currently provides organization development consulting services to non-profits and government agencies in Oregon. Her career has focused on starting and leading innovative, community change-oriented non-profits. She founded Rural Development Initiatives, Inc. in 1991 and served as its executive director until 1998. Her focus in rural development was building leadership at the local level to deal with economic dislocation and/or stagnation--using a community's strengths to rebuild their local economy. She has extensive experience in the Oregon Legislature and other policy forums in Oregon and the Northwest. She now consults on community and economic development, non-profit interim management, strategic planning, succession planning and environmental/resource issues. Under the auspices of Nonprofit Association of Oregon's Executive Transition Services, she has served as transitional executive director of six Portland area non-profits. Lynn was appointed by the Governor to the Oregon State Board of Agriculture in September, 2005 and has just completed her eight years of service. She is also involved in several sustainable agriculture efforts and was recently appointed to serve on the Oregon Tilth Board of Directors.