Lynne Deegan-McGraw was born and educated in the U.K., joined a U.S. materials science company, headquartered in Menlo Park, California and was subsequently transferred to California in 1978.
While working for that company (Raychem Corporation), she held various positions. Most notably as National Sales and Marketing Manager for a $500 million division, Site Manager with an organization of 800 people including Human Resources, Facilities and Corporate Real Estate, Procurement and Logistics, and Chief Procurement Officer responsible for spending in excess of $1 billion with a staff located in the U.S.A., Europe, Asia, and South America. Tyco Corporation acquired Raychem in 1999.
Subsequent to Raychem, she joined an internet start-up company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing based in Seattle. The company developed customer and supplier relationship software and Lynne worked there until 2001 when she decided to retire from corporate life.
She is currently on the board of an environmental consulting company; is President of the board of Jack London Park Partners, a private partnership that runs Jack London State Park under contract to California State Parks; and having previously been the Chair of Fundraising for pancreas cancer at UCSF, Lynne continues her support as a Patient Advocate.
Lynne divides her time between Glen Ellen, San Francisco, and London.