Jack Lynch builds and strengthens Gift of Hope’s relationships with community and civic group leaders to increase organ and tissue donation. He is a strategic advisor to the President/CEO and Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network’s senior leadership team on community relations, minority relations and organ, eye and tissue donation awareness and education.
Previously serving as the organization’s director of community affairs, Lynch established and maintained relationships and developed initiatives to create a positive culture around organ, eye and tissue donation in community groups and hospitals. He established Gift of Hope’s African American Task Force of more than 100 volunteers who coordinate donor education and programs in African American communities throughout Gift of Hope’s donation service area.
Before joining the organization in 1987, Lynch was a manager of hospital development for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Hanover, N.J.
Recognized as a thought leader in addressing donation and education in the African American community, Lynch was appointed by former Illinois Gov. George Ryan to chair the Illinois Department of Public Health Organ Donation Committee in 1993. He currently leads work to develop a new Gift of Hope facility in Chicago’s South Side Chatham community.
Lynch serves on Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Organ Donation Advisory Board. In addition to speaking at hospitals and organ transplant programs across the country, he is regularly interviewed by local, regional and national media on the need for and importance of minority organ, eye and tissue donation.
Lynch attended City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago State University, and participated in the pre-med program at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.