"WHO THE HECK ARE YOU AND WHY AM I ON YOUR DISTRIBUTION LIST?"
... That's a darned good question and one I got this week from an out-of-stater to whom someone had emailed our link.
Below is my bio but the Readers Digest version is that I ran for Congress in the First Congressional District of South Carolina in 2008 and almost won with
over 48% of the vote. "Almost" didn't give me a seat in Congress but the reasons I ran - a deep and abiding love for this state coupled with the frustration
that we are failing miserably in some vitally important areas both regionally and nationally - lead me to invite supporters from the campaign to stay
connected and active in returning government to principled leadership.
Linda was the 2008 Democratic nominee for United States Congress, District
1, South Carolina. She took over 48% of the vote, narrowly losing to a 4-
term incumbent in a District which has been Republican for the past 34
Linda is President of KSI Leadership and Management Development. Prior
to co-founding KSI, she was Director of Organization Development for Food
Lion Stores, responsible for New Product Design with the Center for
Creative Leadership; and, Manager of Organization Development for Smith
Kline Corporation. She has been adjunct professor at UNC-G and the
College of Charleston, teaching Complex Organizations and Leadership.
Active in her community, she has served as President of The Coastal
Community Foundation, President of Charleston Crisis Ministry, founder and
Chair of the Mayor's Council On Homelessness and Affordable Housing,
Chair of the S.C. Housing Trust Fund, Co-founder of South Carolina Citizens
For Housing and served on the boards of the Hollings Cancer Center,
Health Sciences Foundation, the International African American Museum,
and the YWCA of the USA. She is co-founder and past President of Alliance
for Full Acceptance and S.C. Equality Coalition and on the advisory boards
of the Riley Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Studies as well as the
College of Charleston;s Women & Gender Studies and the Presidents
Diversity Review Committee. She is co-chair of the Homeless to Hope Fund
for the City. Having established the Women’s Fund, Ketner Fund and Fund
for Social Justice at the Coastal Community Foundation, she oversees
grants to community organizations working for solutions to social problems.
Linda is an enthusiastic Renaissance Weekend Participant, Leadership America graduate and has been honored with the national Salute to
Citizenship Award, South Carolina Woman of Valor Award, Girl Scout Woman of Distinction Award, and the South Carolina Housing Achievement
Award. Also: The Malcolm D. Haven Award for Community Service, SCHA Woman of the Year, We Are Family Founders Award, YWCA Lifetime
Achievement, Center for Women Foundation Award, SC Equality Founders Award, SCGLPM Volunteer of the Year and SCGLBG Trailblazer
Awards. She is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Columbia College, as well as the NAACP, J. Arthur Brown Award for Outstanding
Service and Friends Awards; and, the Urban League Arthur J. Clement Award For Race Relations.
She holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; and completed work
toward her unfinished Ph.D. at both Duke and Emory Universities.
Envision South Carolina Interview
Center for Women Interview
Charleston Democratic Party You Tube