Brooke Lykins


Chief Development Officer

Brooke Lykins has been overseeing external relations for nonprofit organizations for the past 14 years, during which time she has spearheaded fundraising, volunteer, communications, advocacy, and partnership development initiatives for an array of causes. Brooke specializes in organizations that are experiencing dramatic growth or are in transition, and her approach integrates holistic relationship management with organizational development strategies. Brooke has overseen the successful completion of two significant capital campaigns, she is an expert on the topic of service enterprises, and she consults broadly on messaging and sustainability questions related to new program development. 

As Chief Development Officer at Heart of Los Angeles, Brooke leads fundraising, communications, and corporate engagement. Previously, she was at the Downtown Women’s Center, where she spearheaded an 89% increase in annual contributed income during her three-year tenure, and prior to that, Brooke was the Director of Development at UCP Wheels for Humanity. Brooke has also served as a Clinton-Orfalea Fellow, forging and managing corporate partnerships on behalf of the William J. Clinton Foundation’s small business development program.

Brooke received her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) Price School, where she was a Dean’s Merit scholar, and she completed her undergraduate work with honors at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).