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Department of Education
Serving Aliso Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Joaquin Hills, San Juan Capistrano, portions of Lake Forest and portions of Costa Mesa.
Linda Lindholm, a long-time resident of Laguna Niguel, was elected to the Orange County Board of Education in June 2014 to represent the fifth district
She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and later earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.
Linda began her career working with patients and students with special needs. She served as a University Instructor teaching evaluation and rehabilitation techniques in physical medicine. Linda has worked with teachers and parents to develop
and implement programs to serve children with physical and learning disabilities.
In 1989, Linda moved with her family to Laguna Niguel where she became actively involved in the community.
Linda was first elected to the Laguna Niguel City Council in 1996 and has served four terms as the City’s Mayor. Prior to her election, Linda served on various City boards and committees including the City of Laguna Niguel Planning Commission and Environmental Review Board. She also served as the City's representative to the Laguna Niguel Youth Committee and the City's Parks and Recreation Commission.
In 2002, California State Assemblywoman Patricia Bates honored Linda with the prestigious Woman of the Year Award. In recognition of her outstanding leadership as an advocate for children and student needs, Linda was honored with the Saddleback Community College Leadership Award in 2005, the Beta Foster Care Community Service Leader Award in 2005, and the Beta Foster Care Child Advocacy Award in 2014.
Linda previously served as President of the Saddleback College Foundation Board, Chairwoman of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency, and President of the Beta Foster Care Advisory Board.
As a Board Trustee, Linda’s primary focus is to ensure that taxpayer dollars directed toward education are spent in the classroom and not on administrative bureaucracy. She believes every child deserves the opportunity to succeed to the best of their abilities and that parents must have the ability to obtain the kind of education that fits their child’s unique needs.
Linda met her husband in high school and married years later. The couple has two grown daughters who are graduates of Colorado State and Chapman Universities, and a son who will be attending Cal Poly Pomona in fall 2014. Linda and her husband both attend Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church.