Lynn Knight, CEcD

Vice President of Knowledge Management & Development (KMD)
International Economic Development Council
Washington, DC

Ms. Knight has more than 30 years of domestic and international business, government, media and non-profit experience. A Certified Economic Developer, she has worked in 22 U.S. states and 13 countries, and has won awards for entrepreneurship, corporate executive management and volunteerism. Her responsibilities at IEDC include managing the team that is tasked with conducting research, technical assistance, publications, training, conference and webinar programming, and staying on top of thought-leading trends in economic development. She manages IEDC’s economic resilience and disaster recovery technical assistance programs and is one of the authors of the Leadership in Times of Crisis toolkit, published in 2015. No stranger to disasters, Ms. Knight has lived through 20 typhoons and several major earthquakes while living in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and California.

Prior to joining IEDC, Ms. Knight was Director of Economic Development Programs for Management Analysis, Inc., an international consulting firm. She moved to Washington DC in 2009 to serve as the representative of a Governor of a U.S. territory in the nation’s capital. While living in the Mariana Islands, Ms. Knight served as VP of Corporate Affairs for Tan Holdings, a $600 million firm headquartered in Hong Kong, Guam and Saipan, which operated 20 businesses in 12 industries. She concurrently served on the executive committee of its affiliate Asia-Pacific Hotels, was publisher of a daily newspaper, and headed the Tan Holdings’ charitable foundation. She was appointed by two Governors to lead economic development commissions and business attraction efforts with foreign and U.S. investors. She also served on the Governor’s Strategic Economic Development Council and Workforce Action Team. In 2000 she was elected chair of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce and from 2004 to 2009 she served as chair of the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Early in her career, Ms. Knight was Director of the Office of the Chairman of California-based ComputerLand, a global $1.4B retailer which operated 880 stores in 26 countries. She later went on to lead a television news team and founded a full service public relations and advertising agency which served leading clients in the West Pacific for 14 years.