As a young professional, Linda’s background encompassed both the private and public sector. Serving as a fifth-grade teacher, combined with real estate and media industry sales experience, she brings working-class values to City of Naples government.
A married mother of two, Linda was a regular visitor to Naples since the 1970’s, becoming a resident in the 1990’s. Her husband, Nick, is a retired publishing executive and is actively involved in southwest Florida’s conservation efforts. Linda has two children, Rebecca and Nicholas, and five grandchildren.
As a civic leader, Linda has worked to improve Naples by leading a large homeowner property association and serving on local government advisory boards addressing land-use policies and water and beach quality. She helped oversee area non-profits focused on philanthropy, education, good-governance, voter outreach and economic development.
As a local elected official, Linda became a member of the Naples City Council in 2014 and was elected by her peers as Vice Mayor in 2016. Linda was recently elected as a City Council Member in February 2018. She champions open, transparent, ethical and effective governance, and wise use of financial resources.
Involvement in the Community
Chair Old Town Association, Clayton, Missouri, 1996—2000, Stop Metrolink Committee, Clayton, 1998—1999. Assistant leader, program chair Greater Naples Leadership, since 2003, board directors, since 2003, volunteer committee, since 2003, secretary, since 2005. Founder Women’s Committee Forest Park Forever, St. Louis, Butterfly House, St. Louis.
President Moorings Property Owners Association. Chair Moorings Property Association. Member of President Council, Naples, Florida, Naples Better Government Committee (board member).
Emphasized beach resiliency to normal wave action, erosion and storms with Coastal Advisory Committee colleagues and a resolution passed to that effect to increase sand volume applied to beaches.
Proposed change in the contract regarding the removal of some of the outfalls along the beach-got Council to agree to change the contract so the water would be clean before sending it to the Gulf.
Council agreed to cap spending of Baker Park in an attempt to curtail cost-over runs and an unmanageable, expanding scope of the project.
Proposed and got Council to agree to pass a barbless hook ordinance at the pier in order to stop needless injuries to birdlife as part of a public private partnership with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.