Lynne Shackleford is leading Habitat's development and marketing efforts after 17 years in the newspaper business. Still a self-professed public policy wonk, Lynne remains an avid news junkie.
While covering City Government for the local newspaper, Lynne realized the significance of affordable housing and the negative, long-lasting impacts on a community when there are inadequate housing opportunities for low-income families.
"When families have the chance to pull themselves up into a home in a safe neighborhood, the results are immediate," Lynne said. "Families are healthier, children can study in a good environment and the quality of life increases. But more than that, those children realize the goal of homeownership is attainable for them. This impact ripples beyond that one house -- it improves lives for generations."
Beyond that, working at Habitat is meaningful way to spend 9 hours each day.
"Not one day goes by that I don't realize just how fortunate I am to make a difference in the lives of families who just want to work hard and have a place to call home," Lynne said. "To be a part of real, grassroots community change is very rewarding. Habitat Spartanburg has a terrific team and I'm thankful to contribute."
Lynne earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She and her husband, Jon, have been married for 15 years and are the proud parents of 12-year-old Clancy, 7-year-old Jaxson and a sweet Cockapoo, Bailey.
In her spare time, Lynne serves as a Trustee on the Cherokee County School Board, as President-Elect for the Carolina Debutante Society and enjoys spending time with her family.
Lynne is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.