As President & CEO of Food Lifeline, Linda leads our efforts to solve the hunger logistics problem. Linda joined Food Lifeline in 1998. During her time leading the largest hunger relief organization in Washington state, Linda has received awards from both local and national organizations including: the Puget Sound Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’, Executive Director of the Year by Feeding America in 2010 and Feeding America's Jon Van Hengel Fellow in 2012.
Linda especially enjoys new program development, work with Boards of Directors and staff development. She has served on many national and regional hunger-relief boards, councils, advisory committees and task forces. Linda is proud to currently serve on the national advisory council of Catalyst Kitchens, and the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council.
Linda grew up in Oklahoma, completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma and went on to Washington State University for graduate study. Linda's first nonprofit job was running a neighborhood food bank and shelter for homeless women and children. It was there that she learned first-hand:
"The climb to get out of poverty and homelessness is steep and it makes a tremendous difference when we as a community show enough compassion and care to ensure that all our neighbors have enough good food to eat and a stable roof overhead. These necessities are the basic foundation to succeed in life, and everyone deserves them."
Please contact Linda if you are interested in learning more about Food Lifeline's unique approach to ending hunger, or if you want to get involved as a food or financial donor, an executive volunteer or board member.