The 2018 Leadership Award Honorees

Crittenton honors women and men who have shown a steadfast commitment to improving the lives and futures of teen girls and young women.

Dr. Sachiko Kuno 

Dr. Sachiko Kuno is both a role-model and a champion for unlocking and supporting the infinite potential of girls and women. She is the co-founder and visionary creative behind Halcyon and its mission to catalyze and nurture emerging creatives striving for a better world. Driven by Kuno’s vision, Halcyon’s family of innovative programs, including the acclaimed Halcyon Incubator and Halcyon Dialogue, a series of high-level discussions among global experts focusing on major topics including social impact-based sciences. She also serves as President and CEO of S&R Foundation, an organization she co-founded in 2000 to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences, and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration.

In 2016, Kuno co-founded WE Capital, a female-led investment fund in Washington, DC. As too often, women are shut out of investment resources, WE Capital provides funding to empower the next generation of female entrepreneurs changing the world. She is also a founding member of the Greater Washington Partnership, a group of civic-minded business leaders committed to improving the greater Washington region. Kuno was co-founder and the founding CEO of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (which was acquired by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in February 2018) until she stepped down in 2012. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations including Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of THIS for Diplomats at Meridian International Center.

Kuno has received numerous awards over the years, to include Stateswoman of the Year 2016 by the Harvard Business School of Japan, received the AVON Awards to Women 2016, and was listed as one of Washingtonian’s 2017 Tech Titans. In 2017 Kuno was recognized as one of ‘The Most Powerful Women in Washington’ by Washingtonian Magazine. Kuno is a graduate of Kyoto University and received her PhD in bioengineering chemistry from Kyoto University. In 2017, she became an adjunct professor in Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Management.

Domenika Lynch
President and CEO
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI)

Domenika Lynch is the President and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan leadership development institute founded by Hispanic Members of Congress in 1978. Since taking the helm in 2016, Ms. Lynch has created strategic partnerships, unique stakeholder convenings, and empowered critical leadership development – all the while also raising over $8 million.

Previously, Ms. Lynch spent more than a decade as the executive director of the Latino Alumni Association (LAA) at the University of Southern California. Ms. Lynch supporting students’ bright futures by investing millions of dollars through scholarship programs. During her tenure, the LAA doubled in membership and tripled its endowment. Her professional breadth extends into the corporate sector, holding leadership positions at Bank of America and Univision.

She is an active member of the Latino community and currently serves on the Board of Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility (HACR), the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), and the Latino Advisory Council for the Kennedy Center. Her community work at St. Anne’s helped raise the voices of teen mothers while they better supported their children. Now, at the CHCI, she is shaping the next generation of Latino leaders.

Ms. Lynch’s work on behalf of the Latino community has been recognized by various organizations. She was awarded the 2018 Legacy Award by the USC Latino Alumni Association, the 2017 Plaza Community Services Bridges of Opportunity Award in Education, named a Latina of Influence by Hispanic Lifestyle and a Los Angeles Community Hero by Telemundo. She is a graduate of the USC Price School of Public Policy and holds a master’s degree from the USC Rossier School of Education. She is also the proud parent of a Trojan alumnus.

Kathryn A. Zachem
Executive Vice President, Regulatory and State Legislative Affairs
Comcast Corporation

Kathy Zachem is a consummate, tireless professional who serves as Executive Vice President, Regulatory and State Legislative Affairs for Comcast Corporation, where she has worked since 2008. Previously, she was a leading partner at the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where she practiced communications law for 23 years.

Kathy has been champion for girls and women throughout her career. As member of the Crittenton family for many years, Kathy has helped create a lasting relationship between Comcast and the organization, as well as giving personally to Crittenton and connecting the organization to other corporate partners who now support their work. She has also dedicated herself to the DC community by serving as a board member of the Washington Tennis & Educational Foundation for many years. She is very proud of WTEF’s after-school program for children. Kathy regularly speaks to women’s organizations and targets her efforts toward mentoring young professionals, sharing her personal experiences with new working mom’s and advising recent college graduates on career planning and development.

Kathy was named among the Most Powerful Women in Cable and is regularly named to The CableFAX Top 100 list by CableFAX: The Magazine. She received NCTA’s 2016 Vanguard Award, the industry’s highest award for Government and Community Relations.. She was honored by Multichannel News as a 2014 Wonder Woman and by Legal Momentum as a 2012 Aiming High awardee. Kathy is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, serving several terms on its Executive Committee and Foundation Board and is a recipient of the association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Kathy received her J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law and a joint B.A. in economics and political science from The George Washington University. She is admitted to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She has a daughter, Alexandra, and resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband, Dan.