As Chief Development Officer, Lynne Cook will oversee all financial and strategic advancement developments for Houston Public Media, including the station’s fundraising and leadership operations. Cook has over 30 years of experience in for-profit and non-profit marketing, management, fundraising, and media.
Lynne started her career as a Marketing Research Analyst with the Houston Chronicle. Lynne’s career at the Houston Chronicle spanned 22 years and included positions as the Market Research Manager, Marketing Director, and Vice President of advertising, managing a staff of over 300 with revenue responsibility of over $450,000,000.
In 2005, Lynne began a new career and joined a team of professional journalists who started a network of Hispanic newspapers in Texas titled Rumbo. Lynne served as Vice President of Sales and then Publisher. When the network went through a merger, Lynne found her new niche in non-profit management with a United Way-funded agency, Sheltering Arms Senior Services. Lynne was promoted to Executive Director of Sheltering Arms before the agency business combination with Neighborhood Centers (now Baker Ripley) in 2011.
In 2012, Lynne joined United Way of Greater Houston as Senior Director of Brand, leading a team to oversee United Way’s marketing, media, and public relations activities. In addition, Lynne managed a fundraising team with oversight for many of United Way’s largest corporate campaigns. Most recently, Lynne holds the position of Vice President of Communications and Chief Brand Officer responsible for brand oversight, marketing, advertising, and donor and volunteer engagement events.
A graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing, Lynne, a mother of two sons, and her husband Chris have recently relocated to the Houston Greater Heights area after living in the Woodlands for 34 years.