Wyona Lynch-McWhite

Executive Director

BS Florida A&M University; MFA Columbia College Chicago

Wyona Lynch-McWhite (she/her/hers) joined the Social Innovation Fourm in January 2024 as the organization’s Executive Director – only the second person to hold this role in SIF’s history. An experienced nonprofit executive, management consultant, and community advocate, she previously worked as Senior Vice President at Arts Consulting Group (ACG) leading their Leadership Transition and IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Success) practice areas. Prior to joining ACG she was the Executive Director of two Massachusetts museums: Fruitlands Museum (Harvard, MA) and Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA).

As a management consultant, Wyona’s areas of expertise included executive search, cultural and strategic planning, organizational assessments, strategic visioning, fundraising, and diversity implementation. She has worked with a wide range of nonprofit cultural organizations, universities, and government agencies throughout the United States and Canada. She is a Certified Diversity Professional and teaches in Boston University’s Arts Administration Program.

Wyona is an active community volunteer and has previously served as board member at the Haystack School for Crafts, Freedoms Way Heritage Area, and Old Colony Council BSA. In addition to her work with national, regional, and local nonprofits, she has served as a board member or Chair of the Roanoke City Arts Commission and as a national grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. A 2006 participant in the Getty Center’s Museum Leadership Institute, she has previously served as the Chairperson of AAM’s Leadership and Management Network and as a board member of the New England Museum Association.

As SIF’s Executive Director, Wyona is honored to have the opportunity to support leaders and organizations on the front lines of social change–particularly those that have been traditionally underserved by philanthropy