Linda Wood

Senior Director, Haas Leadership Initiatives

Linda leads the Fund’s work to strengthen leaders, organizations and movements that are advancing social change.

Linda oversees the Haas Leadership Initiatives, which is the Fund’s effort to help social-sector leaders develop skills and grow their networks so they can be more successful. She also facilitates learning opportunities for the Fund’s program staff, and oversees its grantmaking and grants management.

After joining the Fund in 2003, Linda designed and built the Flexible Leadership Awards (FLA) program, which provides funding and other support to help the senior leaders of the Fund’s grantees strengthen their leadership so their organizations can achieve stronger results. Since the launch of the program, Linda has overseen the expansion of the Haas Leadership Initiative as it pioneered a range of new approaches to leadership development in areas from coaching to executive transitions to fund development. She is a frequent public speaker and has contributed to a wide range of print and online publications, including the Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Prior to joining the Fund, Linda advised senior leaders on strategy, organizational performance and change management at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. She began her career in Chicago, where she ran programs in youth development and the arts.

Linda serves regularly on national advisory groups in philanthropy and supports efforts to increase foundations’ investment in developing board and leadership talent. She also has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco.

Linda is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and holds an master’s in business administration from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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