Lynn Woodbury was born in Wyoming and raised in New Orleans. After relocating to California, she graduated from San Jose State University and later earned a PhD in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. After teaching part time in California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Illinois, she and her spouse found two permanent teaching jobs in the Chicago area. She taught for 27 years at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. She served as chair of the English Department for 17 years and retired in 2017. She helped establish and served on Oakton’s anti-racism team for 13 years. With the help and direction of Crossroads, the team collected data and organized faculty, staff, and administrators in support of systemic and equity changes. She believes that the final years of her career were the best as she became a better advocate for students and mentor for faculty as a result of her long association with Crossroads. After retiring, Lynn became a member of the CROAR leadership team. She and her husband moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2020 to be near family. She and her spouse have one son who lives in Manhattan.