Lynda Thomas is a private investor and philanthropist living in Laguna Beach, CA and New York City. She is on the Boards of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Washington DC; the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana California, where she is Vice-Chair; the Board of Trustees of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, an organization with worldwide educational programs and activities, including International Jazz Day in conjunction with UNESCO; Backhausdance, a Southern California contemporary dance company; and TorchStone Global, a private company specializing in security for high net worth individuals and companies.
Lynda has traveled extensively with the Pacific Council on International Policy and NDI for promotion of international dialogue. Over the past several years, these visits have included North Korea, South Sudan, Myanmar, Cuba, Argentina, Poland, Germany and the Balkans. Lynda has been an international election monitor in Tunisia for the parliamentary elections in 2011 and the presidential election in 2014.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lynda attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO and Tulane University in New Orleans, LA from where she received a BA and MBA. She has worked as a researcher at the Louisiana State University Medical School doing research on the Cajun population of Louisiana. After training in New York City, Lynda was a Senior Manager/CPA/consultant at Deloitte Haskins and Sells in London, where she lived for almost a decade with her three children.