Lynn Stevens received the Frank W. Watson Advocacy Award at the 2019 OhioMBE Awards

Lynn Stevens is a Regional Outreach Manager with the Division of Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ODI) at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).  The Division is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion opportunities for all stakeholders, including those seeking to do business with the department and those who seek employment with the department.  Lynn is a liaison for stakeholders and coordinates many outreach events that help stakeholders learn how to do business with ODOT.   

Prior to joining ODOT, Lynn served five years as the Director of Minority Affairs in the Office of Governor John Kasich where she served as a liaison to Ohio’s minority and ethnic community and represented the Governor on various issues of concern.  Prior to serving in Governor Kasich’s office, Lynn served for twelve years as the Community Relations Coordinator in the Office of former U.S. Senator George Voinovich. She was a liaison to the minority community, as well as to children and family organizations throughout Ohio. 

Lynn also served as a Constituent Liaison in the Office of U.S. Representative Steve Chabot of Cincinnati from 1994-1999, where she helped constituents cut bureaucratic red tape and resolve problems they were experiencing with federal agencies.  

Lynn is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science, respectively.  Lynn is married and has two young adult children. Lynn volunteers as a Surrogate Parent for children with disabilities who do not have parents in their lives and need an advocate for their special education needs.  Lynn is also a long-time, volunteer board member of the Ohio Grandparent Kinship Coalition (OGKC), a statewide organization that advocates for the needs and concerns of kinship caregivers / families.   Lynn also volunteers with the food initiative outreach program of her church, Columbus Christian Center, where Dr. David C. Forbes Jr. is the pastor.  

Photos of the OhioMBE Awards are online at OhioMBEAwards.com

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