Norlyn brings years of government experience and public policy knowledge to Axiom Advisors.
In 2017, Norlyn was appointed by Governor Brown, and continued to serve Governor Newsom until 2020, as the Executive Director of the Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF). She supported HPEF’s mission of improving California’s health professions workforce shortage and providing underserved communities with access to culturally competent and diverse healthcare professionals. Under Norlyn’s leadership, HPEF awarded $6.4 million in scholarships and loan repayment awards to 256 students and working health professionals in underserved communities. In addition to public funding, Norlyn worked with a statewide Board of Trustees of healthcare and education leaders appointed by the Governor, Senate pro Tempore and Speaker of the Assembly, to secure significant private grant funding of $33.2 million to support HPEF’s scholarship and loan repayment awards.
Norlyn has also served as a Senate Fellow in the Capitol Fellows Program for then-Senator, and now U.S. Representative, Mark DeSaulnier. Norlyn served four years as a legislative staff member for the Chair of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, Assemblymember Susan Bonilla. In this role, Norlyn managed health, budget and education issues and collaborated on policy and budget issues with stakeholders, including government agencies, and healthcare, human services, consumer and education interests and advocates.
Norlyn served as a Sierra Health Foundation Leadership Fellow in Class XIV that was led by the Institute for Population Health Improvement at University of California Davis. Norlyn is also published in Arts=Education: Connecting Learning Communities in Los Angeles under the University of California Press for her contribution “Dancing for Health.”
Norlyn earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Norlyn lives in Sacramento and enjoys spending time with her family and dog, Niles.