Lynne Randolph Patterson
Co-Founder and Director Emerita, Pro Mujer
Lynne Patterson is the Co-Founder and Director Emerita of Pro Mujer, a social enterprise that provides women in Latin America with vital financial, health and human development services that are typically out of reach, but essential to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Based in New York City, Lynne serves as a Pro Mujer Ambassador throughout the United States and United Kingdom and is a key member of the organization’s Development and Communications team. In 1990, Lynne moved with her family to Bolivia where she met and partnered with Carmen Velasco to develop training programs for women receiving donated food. These programs, in business and child development, and health and family planning, would later become the foundation for Pro Mujer. From 1996 to 2005, Lynne led Pro Mujer’s expansion efforts in Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Argentina. In addition, she opened the organization’s international headquarters in New York City in 1997.
Prior to co-founding the organization, Lynne promoted educational programs for low-income families and children as a teacher and administrator in the New York City and Port Washington, Long Island public school systems. Most recently, Lynne was selected as one of five finalists for The Guardian’s 2010 “International Development Achievement Award.” In 2009, Lynne was honored by the International Development bank as a “Woman Microfinance Pioneer in Latin America” and in 2007, both Lynne and Carmen were jointly recognized as “Community Crusaders” at the annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” ceremony.
Lynne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Principia College; Masters of Arts degrees in Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University and American History from New York University; and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from New York University.