Lead For Poughkeepsie
Hometowns: Poughkeepsie, NY
Kylynn is Co-Founder of the City of Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet (PCC) which seeks to address intergenerational issues of inequity by building a connected citywide ecosystem for - and with - young people to ensure that every young person can thrive. As an experienced Political Social Worker with a demonstrated history of legislative and policy expertise, her work focuses on education justice, ending sexual and gender-based violence, and working to address discriminatory policing. In Kylynn’s current position as Lead Organizer of the NYC Region at Citizen Action of New York, a statewide grassroots member-based organization, she is responsible for building out citywide membership-led organizing and legislative campaigns in New York City and New York State. Kylynn also serves as a Co-Founder of Lead for Poughkeepsie.
As former Policy Manager at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), a Brooklyn-based racial and gender justice organization, she seeded and grew the organization’s policy and advocacy capacities from the ground up. Her work focused on actualizing a multi-issue and intersectional policy agenda in partnership with cis and trans girls of color, and gender non-conforming (GNC) youth of color. This work included supporting organizational efforts with the New York City Young Women’s Initiative. GGE initiated and co-chaired this New York City Council initiative, which works to institutionalize young women’s leadership and decision-making power in city government through the Young Women’s Advisory Council.
Kylynn’s 15 years of community work started as a young person in the City of Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) through HIV prevention and harm reduction education and outreach. Kylynn graduated from Simmons University with a B.A. in Political Science and Women & Gender and holds a Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) focused in Community Organization, Planning, and Development with a certificate in Policy from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Kylynn will graduate in June from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s Core Certificate Program.