Lynelle is a business executive, investor and board member with 20+ years of corporate experience helping large and small companies capitalize on market opportunities related to ESG, sustainability, social impact and climate change. She is passionate about transforming business risk into stakeholder value for investors, customers, employees and society.
As Vice President of Sustainability at Autodesk, Lynelle is on a mission to embed sustainability into the technology platform that is used by architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing companies to design and make products, buildings, highways and even cities.. Under her leadership, Autodesk consistently ranks as a global sustainability leader and is now the 4th most sustainable company in the world according to Barron’s.
Lynelle is the founding CEO of the Autodesk Foundation, the first of its kind to invest in system entrepreneurs and innovators who are using design and engineering to tackle the twin challenges of climate change and rising inequality. She is on a mission to unlock philanthropic capital to support a portfolio of companies accelerating the transition to a sustainable and resilient economy this decade.
Lynelle also leads Autodesk’s Global Crisis Management Team and is tasked with preparing the company and the workforce to thrive in the turbulent decade ahead. Previously Lynelle was in a similar leadership role at Hewlett Packard designing and building their sustainability strategy and team.
A cultural anthropologist by training, Lynelle has lived and worked in frontier markets of Africa, India and other parts of Asia with several nonprofit organizations. She has served on a number of boards working at the intersection of climate, health, education and business. She has an MBA from UC Berkeley, an MS from University of Michigan and a BA from Middlebury College.
She is a business strategist, systems thinker and cautious optimist. She believes in humanity and believes business can and will accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy this decade.