Lindsay Mullen is co-founder and CEO of Prosper Strategies, where she’s helped hundreds of nonprofit and social impact organizations build powerful brands that move their missions forward. Her experiences range from launching and leading tech and workforce development nonprofits to helping some of the world’s most established social sector brands maximize their impact and navigate communications challenges.
She was actively involved in the launch of Challenge Detroit, a workforce development nonprofit credited with leading the rebound of Detroit’s millennial workforce. Lindsay also served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Technology Partnership, where she engaged business and technology leaders to shape forward-thinking tech policies to encourage venture capital incentives, seed money for startups and broadband and mobile deployment. In this role, Lindsay built an advisory board that included AT&T, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Technology Association among many others. She was frequently called on by Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune and many other outlets for her tech policy expertise, and the Illinois Technology Partnership was recognized as the model for technology-forward advocacy organizations across the county.
Lindsay works with Prosper Strategies’ changemaking clients to understand their goals and develop the right marketing and communications approaches for meeting them. She has a knack for getting people to say, “I never thought of it that way.” In addition to her firsthand experience launching and leading social impact organizations, she was on the team that helped the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation develop its communications plans surrounding the lease of the architect’s archives and collections to the Museum of Modern Art. She also led the communications strategy for the reintroduction of a 70-year-old education nonprofit and the rebrand of a publicly traded company’s foundation that resulted from the foundation’s acquisition of a small family nonprofit.
Lindsay is actively involved in the Chicago chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance and Ms. Tech and she sits on the Guild Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. She regularly speaks about impact-driven marketing and communications for organizations including Google, 1871 and the Impact Engine Accelerator.
Prior to launching Prosper Strategies, Lindsay worked at national public affairs firm Resolute Consulting where she launched and was a leader in the technology practice group. In addition, she managed communications support for corporate and nonprofit clients going through various regulatory and approval processes. Lindsay previously developed and managed national campaigns for a communications firm in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in earned media placement and managed event logistics for clients. Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communications.