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Who Is Shayla D. Lynch, J.D.?

Kentucky Proud & Passionate

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Ms. Lynch is most recently the Executive Director of the non-profit, Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning.   Shayla works with her team to meet the educational and artistic needs of Lexington, Kentucky.  

"I am so excited to be joining the dynamic team at the Carnegie Center. I look forward to working with the staff and board to continue the legacy of providing community-centered services both locally and statewide. I want the world to feel welcomed, seen, and included every time they cross our threshold.”


Ms. Lynch is the immediate former executive director of Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass, Incorporated, where she led a dynamic team of staff and volunteers as they provided services in seventeen Kentucky counties to survivors of sexual violence and their families.  Ms. Lynch currently serves on Lexington’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition and is an active board member with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs.

Ms. Lynch has been involved in several professional and community organizations throughout Lexington and Central Kentucky.  She formerly served on the Fayette County Public School’s Equity Council and is currently serving on the Ethics Commission for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

She is a past board member of the Lexington League of Women Voters and currently serves on the Social Services Advisory Committee for the city of Lexington.

Ms. Lynch is a member of the Lexington Urban League Young Professionals, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Lexington (the BEST class to graduate). In 2020, she was also appointed to serve on the Property Tax Appeals Board for the city of Lexington.

As working with young people is a passion of hers, Ms. Lynch also regularly volunteers with the Junior Achievement program and also serves on the Program Advisory Committee for Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass.  

When not working in the community, Ms. Lynch enjoys exercising-her favorite form of self-care.

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