CHCI Chair Rep. Joaquin Castro
- Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
- Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
- Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee
- Chief Deputy Whip, House Democratic Leadership
Domenika Lynch comes to CHCI from Los Angeles where she served for 10 years as the executive director of the Latino Alumni Association (LAA) at the University of Southern California (USC), which is widely regarded as the nation’s strongest Latino alumni association.
During her time at USC, Lynch led the LAA to new heights, raising more than $15 million to support student scholarships and leadership development programming. She managed a $1.4 million annual program budget and awarded more than $800,000 in annual scholarships to 200 LAA scholars. Prior to USC, she was previously vice president, market development manager for Bank of America, and account executive at Univision Communications Inc.
Over the last 20 years, Lynch has been deeply engaged in community initiatives that increase college access and competitive career opportunities for underprivileged and underrepresented students. As a first generation college student, she believes her life’s work is to open doors and create opportunities where there are none for our most marginalized students. Her greatest strength she believes is turning adversity into her competitive advantage.
Lynch is very active in her community. She is a board trustee for St. Anne’s, an advocacy organization that supports teen-mothers and their babies. She has been a part of the USC Neighborhood Outreach Grants Committee, the Toyota TODOS Scholarship Committee, the TELACU Scholarship Committee and the Telemundo Padres Heroes Selection Committee, and served as Bank of America’s Achievement Awards chair.
She was named a 2016 Latina of Influence by Hispanic Lifestyle, a Los Angeles Community Hero by Telemundo, received an Educational Leadership Award from Saber es Poder and was selected as Chevron’s Breast Cancer L.A. Latino Initiative spokesperson.
She is a double USC alumna with degrees in Public Policy and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also is a proud parent of a USC alumnus.