Lynne Shedlock, PEL Communications Director and Research Associate

Lynne works in the roles of project manager, research associate and communications director. Her duties include project management; research and analysis of municipal financial and demographic trends; report writing and editing; and presentation preparation. She serves as project manager on the preparation of Strategic Management Planning Program reports as well as providing research, analysis, and writing for various other PEL projects.

Her communications work primarily focuses on statewide local government issues and trends. She has prepared position papers, committee testimony and commentaries on the state’s Act 47 distressed municipalities program, pension reform, municipal finances, regionalization, local government reform and related issues. Lynne assists with PEL’s civic leadership education through weekly email communications and the programing of events that are designed to inform business leaders, government officials, and the general public on public policy issues. She was the lead author and researcher on PEL’s statewide municipal distress report, Communities in Crisis.

Prior to PEL, Lynne served as Communications Director for Lackawanna County, where she was press secretary, handled all facets of county marketing and communications, and served as a representative of the Commissioners’ Office. She also worked for 20 years as a municipal government and education reporter, receiving several statewide and national awards for her reporting. Lynne earned a BS in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University and a certificate from Penn State Harrisburg in economic development. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association; a board member of Scranton Tomorrow, a volunteer economic and community development organization; a member of the volunteer Lackawanna County Budget Committee; and a former board member of the Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau.