Linda has leveraged her long standing executive leadership career in early childhood to support the development of SVP’s “Preschool for All” initiative. She is currently a member of SVP’s Equity Committee, and served as interim Executive Director November, 2018 through January, 2019.
Linda’s career in early childhood education spans four decades including direct service, program administration, and policy advocacy. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Coppin State College and a Masters of Art degree in education from Atlanta University. In her role as Senior Director at the NAEYC Academy (Early Learning Program Accreditation), she influenced the quality of more than 7,000 ECE programs. Linda is the retired VP of Education at KinderCare, where her role had a daily impact on more than 150,000 children.
In 2015, Linda was recognized as one of the nation’s Exceptional Master Leaders. She has been featured on radio, television, and cited in national publications as an early childhood education expert. Linda serves as board chair for the Council for Professional Recognition and as a board member for First Children’s Finance. She has been actively involved in non-profit governance in Oregon previously serving on the board of the Portland Children’s Museum.
As a young child, Linda could be counted on to bring a bright smile and a willing spirit. She was described as persistent and precocious.