Lynne Shedlock, PEL Communications Director and Research Associate

Lynne works in the roles of project lead, 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. Since joining PEL, she has taken a lead role on the preparation of Strategic Management Planning Program reports as well as providing research, analysis and report 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 coordinates PEL’s civic leadership education through the programing of numerous events in South Central PA, Central PA, Northeastern PA, the Lehigh Valley and the Berks County region 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 served as 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.