President Caroline Kane, Ph.D. and the Board of Directors of
Biotech Partners have appointed Lynda Gayden as the new Executive Director.
“Lynda brings a wealth of nonprofit experience and knowledge
to Biotech Partners,” says Caroline Kane, Board President.
Most recently, Lynda served as Executive Director of Contra
Costa Regional Health Foundation where she was instrumental in stabilizing the
organization and launching a variety of community programs and initiatives
focused on caring for and improving the health of all people in Contra Costa
with special attention to those who are most vulnerable. Her other experiences
include Executive Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) in San
Jose, and positions with the Volunteer Center of San Francisco, the National
League of Cities (where she was instrumental in securing an unprecedented $3.7
billion from Congress in a supplemental spending bill that included $822
million for grant programs to fight illicit drug abuse) and as a teacher in San
Jose’s Franklin McKinley Unified School District.
A Bay Area native, Lynda earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies
from California State University, Hayward (now East Bay). She currently serves
on the Board of Directors of the Kian Jordan Rose Foundation
“Her success in strengthening programming, cultivating and
maintaining partnerships, and expanding operations is an ideal fit for Biotech
Partners,” Kane noted.
“I am delighted to join Biotech Partners,” says Lynda.
“This organization has a solid track record of success and plays a pivotal role
for our young people to access a career path in the Bay Area’s growing biotech