Orange County native Lyn Semeta, a graduate of Huntington Beach High School, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at U.C.L.A, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law.
While building a successful law practice representing business and property owners, Lyn served as Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Community Services Committee. As a pro bono attorney for the Vietnam Veteran’s Standdown for homeless veterans, she recognized a need to help homeless women leading her to Co-Found and Chair the Women’s Resource Fair for Homeless and Battered Women. Mayor Semeta also served as one of the original volunteer attorneys when the Superior Court Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic opened.
As President of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter Foundation, Mayor Semeta worked with developers and property owners who were restoring and redeveloping historic buildings into successful entertainment and dining establishments.
Lyn and her husband Richard, a Tax, Securities and Mergers and Acquisitions Attorney, returned to Huntington Beach in 1996 to raise their two daughters. When their younger daughter was diagnosed with autism, Lyn's commitment to alternative dispute resolution led her to serve as Co-Chair of the OC Autism Resource Circle. During an era of increased litigation in special education, the group's mission was to build consensus between parents of children with special needs and school administrators in an effort to channel funds away from litigation and into better services for the children. She has mentored many special needs parents over the years.
For two years, Mayor Semeta has served as Huntington Beach’s representative on both the Southern California Association of Governments and the Orange County Council of Governments. She earlier served as Vice-Chair of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission, Chair of the Public Cable Television Authority, Co-Chair of the Association of California Cities Local Government Finance Committee and as a Board member of the West Orange County Water Board.
Lyn is a watercolor and mixed media artist and was awarded Best of Show in the Sunset Beach Art Festival and the Huntington Harbour Art Association’s Annual Show. She has served on the Boards of the Huntington Beach Art League Board and Watercolor West.