Research Associate II
Aftan Lynch, M.P.A., holds a master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit organizations. Her professional background includes domestic violence prevention at the local level and state levels, coalition building, youth leadership and health and wellness promotion. She is experienced in writing community plans and needs assessments that emphasize data-driven responses to individualized needs and assets; and she has facilitated teams to perform risk assessments, logic models and asset maps—all through an evaluation lens.
Aftan has been a member of the Alaska Wellness Coalition leadership team for the State of Alaska and has worked to support a statewide marketing project promoting positive youth behaviors. She embraces the concept that evaluation-led community efforts create the most meaningful and lasting results. Aftan’s skillset includes grant writing, graphic design, group facilitation and marketing development. She uses these skills to create evaluation tools and design reports and templates tailored to the unique needs of clients.
Aftan enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, fishing and boating around the beautiful bays and inlets surrounding Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska—where she resides with her family.