Lynn is co-executive chair and co-founder of Sunrun, the nation’s largest dedicated provider of residential solar, storage and energy services in the United States. Before transitioning to her role of co-executive chair in 2021, Lynn served as Sunrun’s chief executive officer for seven years. With Sunrun co-founder Ed Fenster, Lynn invented the business model "solar-as-a-service" that unlocked consumer demand for clean, affordable energy direct from residential rooftops. Before Sunrun, Lynn worked at Summit Partners, where as one of few female venture capitalists, she completed investments with an aggregate market value of over $900 million in the financial services and technology sectors. Lynn is the recipient of a number of business awards, including San Francisco Business Times Most Admired CEO in 2020, Comparably’s Best CEO in 2018-2020, Comparably’s Best CEO for Women in 2019-2020, Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2018, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (Northern California) in 2010, and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Ten Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009. Lynn earned her BS in Science, Technology and Society and MBA from Stanford University. Lynn serves on the Board of Directors of Generate Capital and is a member of Rewiring America’s Advisory Board and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.
My Sunrun Solar Story
"Creating a sustainable planet is both our greatest societal challenge and our greatest durable economic opportunity. I decided to focus on solar when I was flying back from a trip in Asia and I saw the massive impact coal and pollution was having on our environment. I wanted to do something at scale to help us use our resources more efficiently to support global growth. When Ed and I met in graduate school and eventually decided to co-found Sunrun, 100% of people told us it was a mistake and that I was crazy to leave my job in private equity. But I believed in the possibility to power our entire world with the sun and wanted to build a community to do it. We believed that solar could best be used in the hands of the people, establishing a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient energy future."