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August 28: Lynn Rosenthal
Lynda Resnick, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Years as Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV): Six Her Honors Through the Years: Florida Governor's Peace at Home Award, Sheila Wellstone Institute National Advocacy Award and Doris Buffet's National Sunshine Lady Foundation honors

Lynn Rosenthal is an advocate who has devoted 30 years to improving the lives of women and their children. One of the nation's foremost experts in domestic violence policy, Lynn has worked at the local, state and national levels to create an environment where violence against women is not ignored and perpetrators are held accountable.

From 2000 to 2006, Lynn served as the Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) where she represented 54 state and territorial coalitions whose collective membership included more than 2,000 local domestic violence programs. Lynn played a major advocacy role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2000 and 2005 and has assisted states and local communities with implementation of this groundbreaking federal legislation. Lynn also worked closely with corporate partners to bring millions of dollars to local communities to respond to domestic violence. She partnered with the Allstate Foundation to develop a highly successful national initiative to promote economic empowerment for survivors of violence.

Prior to her service at NNEDV, Lynn was director of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she oversaw the development of innovative service models for rural and legal services. On her return to Florida in 2006, Rosenthal developed the state's first comprehensive plan to help survivors of violence find housing.

Lynn's areas of domestic violence expertise include housing, state and local coordinated community response, federal policy on violence against women, and survivor-centered advocacy. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Lynn has been widely recognized for her efforts to address domestic violence at the national, state and local levels. In 1999, she received the Florida Governor's Peace at Home Award for making a difference in the lives of battered women and their children. In 2005, Doris Buffet's National Sunshine Lady Foundation honored her for her work on the Violence Against Women Act. In 2006, she was the first recipient of the Sheila Wellstone Institute National Advocacy Award.