Lyn Davis Lear is a producer, activist and philanthropist whose main passions are the arts and the environment, specifically related to climate change. She is a member of the board of trustees for the Sundance Institute, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Norman Lear Center at USC. She has supported, produced and executive produced many documentaries, including “Cesar’s Last Fast,” which screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Lyn Lear is currently working with director Louie Schwartzberg on an exciting new documentary called “Fantastic Fungi.” Together with esteemed mycologist Paul Stamets, they aim to show the world the wonders of mushrooms and how they can feed us, heal us, and even help reverse climate change.
Ms. Lear produced the opening film for the UN Climate Summit for world leaders on September 23, 2014. While working with director Louie Schwartzberg, writer Scott Burns, actor Morgan Freeman, and composer Hans Zimmer, she produced two films for the UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon. The second was shown at the Lima, Peru UN summit in December 2014. Both were broadcast around the world in six languages.
In 1989, Ms. Lear combined her driving passions and co-founded the Environmental Media Association (EMA), created to inspire and educate the public about global environmental issues through multiple media platforms. Ms. Lear has received many awards. Most recently, in 2013, she was given, along with the Honorable Al Gore, the UCLA IoES recognition for Environmental Excellence.
Ms. Lear holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has a license in marriage and family therapy. She is married to producer Norman Lear and is the mother of three children.