Lynn E. Swaner

Lynn E. Swaner

President, US

Dr. Lynn E. Swaner is the President, US for Cardus. A public scholar and organizational strategist, she joins Cardus with two decades of executive leadership in non-profits and educational institutions. 



Lynn’s professional experience spans several sectors and encompasses roles in academia, sponsored research, associations, and independent schools. As a result, she is passionate about building bridges within and across fields. Lynn’s work brings thinkers, researchers, funders, and doers together to shape paradigms and practices for greater flourishing.

Her own research is interdisciplinary and focuses on how individuals, organizations, and communities can better thrive together. Lynn is the editor or lead author of several books including Future Ready: Innovative Missions and Models in Christian Education (ACSI & Cardus, 2022) and Flourishing Together: A Christian Vision for Students, Educators, and Schools (Eerdmans, 2021). Her work has been published in the International Journal of Educational Development, Eton Journal for Innovation and Research in Education, and Liberal Education, as well as featured in multiple book chapters and monographs.

Lynn also serves as a non-resident scholar at Baylor University’s Center for School Leadership, a Senior Fellow for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and a trustee or advisor for several non-profit boards.

Lynn holds both a doctorate in organizational leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a diploma in strategy and innovation from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Originally hailing from New York, she currently lives near Philadelphia with her husband, Damon, and three teenage children.