Lynn de Freitas

Executive Director

Lynn began her involvement with FRIENDS shortly after its founding in 1994. She became President of the Board in 1996 and Executive Director in 2002.  She is a full time volunteer. She especially enjoys working on developing policies that address the unique role and characteristics of the Great Salt Lake to ensure its long term sustainability.

Prior to her affiliation with FRIENDS, she was a library media coordinator for 18 years in both public and private schools in the Salt Lake area. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Montclair State College and an M. Ed in Educational Systems and Learning Resources from the University of Utah. In 2007, she received the Girl Scouts of Utah Award for Courage, Confidence and Character. In 2006, she received the Calvin K. Sudweeks Award for outstanding contributions in the water quality field in the State of Utah by the Utah Water Quality Board. In 2002, she received the Utah Environmental Educator Volunteer of the Year Award from the Utah Society for Environmental Education. In 2020 Lynn Served on the HCR –10 steering committee to develop recommendations in response to Great Salt Lake Resolution (HCR-10) – Concurrent Resolution to Address Declining Water Levels of the Great Salt Lake. In 2013 she served as a member of Governor Herbert’s Water Strategy Advisory Team to develop the July 2017 Recommended State Water Strategy.

In her free time, she is an avid birder, enjoys travel and is learning dressage.