Organizing in action

Frank Lynn has been a Community Organizer in the City of Grand Rapids for the last twenty-five years, working in some of the cities poorest neighborhoods. He has focused on grass roots organizing by working with residents on housing, education, health care, economic development and other issues. He has been trained by National Training and Information Center and The Midwest Academy.


National Peoples Action: working with on a national level to protect the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and stop predatory lending. Participated as a leader at the national conference in Washington DC for over 20 years. Was a founding member of the Community Reinvestment Coalition in Kent County.

Neighbors of Belknap Lookout (1988-1997): Saved the neighborhood school from demolition. Developed a home maintenance program for Senior homeowners. Worked with the Sierra Club to provide outings to inner city youth including trips to Isle Royale and rafting in West Virginia. Built a Neighborhood Service Center with a Community Police Officer to help eliminate drugs from a neighborhood housing project.

Catherines Care Center (1997 – 2005): When the Health Department closed the neighborhood clinic, the neighbors decided they would open one of their own. Four years later, a free clinic named Catherine’s Care Center opened. Today Catherine's is a modern facility that provides care to over 5000 patient visits a year.

Creston Neighborhood Association (1999-2005): Worked to identify a building to keep the public library in the business district. Organized neighbors to protect a neighborhood park and get park improvements. Work with neighborhood businesses to improve traffic flow and revive the business district.

Disability Advocates of Kent County (2005-2012): Community Organizer working with self-advocates to increase housing available to people with disabilities. Worked on Public Transit Issues: working to increase accessibility for all. Coordinated two successful millage campaigns to increase transit service in Kent County.

Transit: Coordinated campaign for Countywide Transit.

Campaign Involvement: Managed numerous successful campaigns on the city and county level. Helped to reshape the Grand Rapids City Commission for progressive leadership in the 21st century.


– The 2013 Corrie Bair Building Inclusive Communities Award

– Recognized as an “effective advocate” by the Michigan State Legislature in 2013.

Community Organizing:
– National Training and Information Center Training 1995- 2005

Midwest Academy Chicago:
– Organizing for Social Change 2007
– Supervision from Midwest Academy 2010