Faculty: Christopher Lynch

Christopher Lynch, MA

Adjunct Professor

International Business

San Francisco, Online
Christopher Lynch

Christopher Lynch is an innovator and leader in the field of global business. He currently heads the Community Vitalization Council (Civic 180) which has developed groundbreaking programs to launch small and medium- sized companies into global markets. Civic 180 works with companies in the US, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and East Asia to expand export markets as well as foreign direct investment.

From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Lynch was vice-president of the Irvine Chamber where he led the economic development and tourism promotion activities for the City of Irvine. From 2004 to 2009, he was executive vice-president of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Lynch is a retired U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer and international economist, specializing in helping U.S. businesses with trade and investment issues overseas. He served at US diplomatic posts in Germany, Spain, El Salvador, Chile and Colombia. His last position was as U.S. Consul General in Hamburg, Germany from 1997- 2002.

He holds an undergraduate degree in international studies from Georgetown University and a master’s in economics from Virginia Tech. He speaks fluent German and Spanish. He has been teaching International Business classes at Golden Gate University since 2005.


  • Senior Leadership Training, US Department of State, Foreign Service Institute
  • Certificate in Quality Management, Belmont University
  • MA (Economics), Virginia Tech
  • BS (Foreign Service), Georgetown University


  • 2005 - Present: Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University
  • 2009 - Present: Vice-President, Irvine Chamber of Commerce
  • 2004 - 2009: Executive Vice-President, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
  • 2002 - 2004: Owner, C Lynch International
  • 1978 - 2002: Us Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State


  • Authored more than twenty published economic studies on Chile, Spain and El Salvador


  • Chairman of the Board of the German-American Business Association of California
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Chambers of Commerce in El Salvador and Hamburg, Germany


  • Small Business Champion of the Year, Santa Ana Region, SBA (2012)
  • Won three awards for management excellence from US Department of State