"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.
As a donor activist in her community, Linda Ketner has served as President
of the Coastal Community Foundation, President of Crisis Ministries (now
One80 Place), 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, Co-founder of Charleston Affordable
Housing and served on the boards of the Hollings Cancer Center, Center for
Women Advisory Council, Health Sciences Foundation, the International
African American Museum, Social Justice Racial Equity Council, Palmetto
Project, and the YWCA of the USA. She is co-founder and past President of
Alliance for Full Acceptance and S.C. Equality Coalition; on the advisory
boards at the College of Charleston Riley Center, Women and Gender
Studies Advisory Council, President’s Diversity Review Committee, and the
Dean’s Council for the School of Humanities.
As the 2008 Democratic nominee for United States Congress, District 1,
South Carolina, Linda took over 48% of the vote, narrowly losing to a 4-term
incumbent in a District which had been Republican for the previous 34 years.
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 Program 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.
An enthusiastic Renaissance Weekend Participant, she is a Leadership
America graduate and has been honored with the following awards:
National Salute to Citizenship, South Carolina Woman of Valor, Girl Scout
Woman of Distinction, South Carolina Housing Achievement, and the
Homeless to Hope Award for Enduring Contributions to Alleviating
Homelessness. Also: The Malcolm D. Haven Award for Community Service,
SCHA Woman of the Year, We Are Family Founders, YWCA Lifetime
Achievement, Center for Women Foundation, Alliance for Full Acceptance
and S.C. Equality Founders, SCGLPM Volunteer of the Year and SCGLBG
Trailblazer awards. Committed to anti-racism work, she has received the
NAACP: J. Arthur Brown Award for Outstanding Service, Lifetime
Achievement 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 attended both Duke
and Emory Universities working toward an unfinished Ph.D. Linda is the
recipient of honorary doctorates from Columbia College, and this spring,
from the College of Charleston.