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 12 years and are the proud parents of 8-year-old Clancy and a sweet, sweet rescue dog, Busy.
In her spare time, Lynne enjoys cheering her daughter on at competitive cheerleading (Go Starz!), serving as Secretary on the Northwest Elementary School Improvement Council, volunteering with the Cherokee County Humane Society and teaching Sunday School and AWANA at Southside Baptist Church.
Lynne is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.