Lynda Dorman brings over 19 years of nonprofit and marketing leadership to her position as executive director of BET Foundation (BETF), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded by BET Networks in 2003. Ms. Dorman is responsible for oversight of strategic direction, national initiatives and operations for BETF; which promotes healthy lifestyles among African Americans, with a primary focus on eradicating obesity among women and girls. In partnership with BET Networks, corporate donors and community organizations, BETF also addresses obesity-related health disparities in cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and depression through education and public awareness campaigns, and grassroots programs.
Before joining BETF in January 2005, Ms. Dorman served as executive director of Lawyers for Children America (LFCA), whose mission is to provide legal representation for children entering the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect. Ms. Dorman directed LFCA programs in Connecticut, Florida and Washington, D.C.; leading a legal team that trained volunteer lawyers to serve as guardians ad litem. Dorman managed strategic partnerships with Yale University School of Medicine-Child Study Center, Family Courts, funding partners and community organizations involved in LFCA's work. She also provided direction to operations, communications and financial development activities.
Prior to her appointment at LFCA, Ms. Dorman served as principal of LyCom Enterprises, a Maryland-based marketing and nonprofit consulting firm. Under her direction, LyCom Enterprises completed major engagements for Millennium Technologies, LLC; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; D.C. State Education Agency-Adult Education; and other local and national organizations.
Ms. Dorman also has served as chief public support officer of the National Capital Chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC) where she was responsible for local, national and international disasters fund-raising goals; implemented cause-marketing programs; managed media and communications efforts; and served as a liaison with the national American Red Cross on local philanthropic, media and diversity initiatives.
Prior to her work at ARC, Ms. Dorman served as project manager and executive producer for the Washington, D.C., office of the United Negro College Fund; responsible for fund development activities, including the local broadcast of the "Lou Rawls: Parade of Stars" telethon. She also has served in media director positions for Merrick Advertising and M.B. Productions; and for nine years in the congressional office of the late representative, Frank Horton.
Ms. Dorman earned her B.A. in business administration from National-Louis University, and is a candidate for Masters of International Management/MBA from the University of Maryland-University College. She also is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Women in Cable Telecommunications; National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment; American Society of Association Executives; and National Black MBA Association.