Co-founder and CEO
Linda has more than 30 years of leadership experience in Higher Education, government relations, and workforce development. Linda has a passion for connecting businesses and workers, particularly in partnerships that involve the public, private and education sectors, and is known for her ability to perceive opportunities for game-changing enterprises, and then bring those new partnerships to life. Early in her career, Linda worked with the Texas Attorney General, and later served as CEO of a new grant-making state agency that was recognized not only in the US but in countries bordering the US and in Europe for its innovative grant-funded solutions that broke records in resolving problems. Young provided governmental affairs guidance for educational institutions, and worked with elected officials at local, state and federal levels to help them realize their visions for new policies. In the Higher Education industry, Linda has earned a reputation for envisioning and then bringing together first-of-a-kind collaborations, such as a forward-looking partnership between seven of the largest Texas state community college systems in addressing workforce development and transportability of trained workforce solutions. In conjunction with that partnership, Linda helped to create a corporate resource council to assist Texas Workforce Boards in multiple regions so that the Boards had actionable information about job opportunities and specific skills for which they could train people. She recruited her governmental affairs colleagues to form a statewide association to address potential innovation in their services to their higher education employers, and worked with elected and appointed officials who govern higher education institutions in their national organizations/associations, to improve information flow with federal officials and agencies. Thanks to Linda’s determination and guidance, Austin Community College became the first community college to be incorporated into the National STEM Collaborative, STEMconnector, and her passion for connecting education and workforces propelled her to create a successful college wide Grants Development system throughout two multi-campus community colleges. Linda has served in community, state, and national organizations throughout her career, including philanthropic, advocacy, and education organizations; she regularly speaks at the United Nations on political advocacy for women’s issues and equality. She served on President Obama’s Presidential Personnel Committee to promote increased participation of women in the appointment process, and is immediate past president of the multi-partisan, nonprofit National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), which works to increase women’s participation in political and public policy processes. Under Linda’s leadership, NWPC collaborated with STEMConnector to launch the Million Women Mentors project, and helped with the launch of STEM for Girls in Africa.