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Lynn Lowder Coffey

Lobbyist on Contract




Lynn Lowder Coffey joined our firm as a contractual lobbyist in January 2024.  Lynn retired after 34 years with the Community & Residential Services Authority (CRSA), an agency of the State of Illinois that works with children with disabilities and their families. She served in many capacities during her career, most recently as CRSA’s legislative liaison, being responsible for researching and drafting legislation, bill tracking, policy analysis and statute interpretation. In that role, Lynn gained a familiarity with the legislative process and prided herself in establishing collaborative working relationships with clients, state and local agencies, members of the General Assembly, the Governor’s Office, and numerous staff members and other stakeholders.

Lynn also served as CRSA’s Chief Financial Officer and Operations Manager, being responsible for managing day-to-day operations while achieving strategic goals and meeting client expectations.  In that role, she negotiated the agency’s appropriation annually, overseeing all financial operations and developing and implementing strategies to enhance CRSA’s performance and efficiency.

Lynn brings to GCS not only her advocacy skills, but also her relentless drive to connect and collaborate with people of different backgrounds and viewpoints.

Work Experience


  • Collaboration, advocacy, and communication

  • Overseeing financial operations

  • Legislative engagement

  • Marketing and promoting

November 1989 - December 2023

Community and Residential Services Authority

Operation Specialist

Administrative Assistant

Intake Officer

Operations Manager

Legislative Liaison

Personal Service Contractor

  • Managed day to day operations of a state agency and a 19 member Authority who promoted a network of resources for Illinois youth with social and emotional health conditions.

  • Developed strategies to enhance staff performance and efficiency

  • Drafted and maintained all Policy and Procedure manuals

  • Ethics and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer

  • Collaborated with state and local agencies as well as the Illinois General Assembly

  • Researched, drafted and tracked legislation

  • Oversaw all financial operations and projections

  • Negotiated agency’s appropriation with the Governor’s Office and Illinois General Assembly


Associates Degree, Applied Science, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield IL

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