Lynn Overmann is the Executive Director at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University. She previously served as a Senior Advisor for Delivery with the U.S. Digital Service, embedded in the Domestic Policy Council to advise Ambassador Susan Rice on priority policy implementation. In this role, Lynn oversaw teams of digital service experts across diverse projects, including targeted efforts to make the asylum system more effective and humane, increasing access to federal funding for low-capacity communities, and improving the delivery of safety net benefits. Lynn also recently served as a Senior Advisor for Delivery at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she led the department’s work to leverage data and human centered design to advance equity, streamline critical funding programs, and improve insights into rural economies.
Lynn previously served as Senior Data Strategist at Opportunity Insights, a research and policy institute based at Harvard University that leverages big data to improve economic mobility. Prior to Opportunity Insights, Lynn served as a Vice President of Criminal Justice and head of DC Office at Arnold Ventures, where she led a team that developed and executed a multi-million grant portfolio focused on leveraging data and technology to reduce low-level arrests in police departments across the country.
Lynn previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama Administration, where she launched the Data Driven Justice Initiative. Lynn also served in several senior policy positions at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she helped establish the Access to Justice Initiative, and as Deputy Chief Data Officer in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Before joining the Obama Administration, Lynn was a civil rights and criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida, starting her career by serving five years as a public defender, litigating dozens of cases to jury trial and successfully challenging unconstitutional practices in police departments and jails. Lynn graduated from the NYU School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College.