About Us

... 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.
Linda Ketner  

Linda was the 2008 Democratic nominee for United States Congress, District
1, South Carolina.  She took over 48% of the vote, narrowly losing to a 4-
term incumbent in a District which has been Republican for the past 34
years .

Linda is President of
KSI Leadership and Management Development.   Prior
to co-founding KSI, she was Director of Organization Development for
Lion Stores, responsible for New Product 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.  

Active in her community, she has served as President of The
Community Foundation
, President of Charleston Crisis Ministry, 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 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 Equality
Palmetto Project, Center for Women Advocacy Advisory Council  
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 for the
Riley Center for Urban Affairs and  Policy
;  Women & Gender Studies,  the President's Diversity Review
Committee, and the
Dean's Council for the School of Humanities.  Having
established the Women’s Fund, Ketner Fund and Fund for Social Justice at
the Coastal Community Foundation, she oversees grants to community
organizations working for solutions to social problems.
Linda is an enthusiastic Renaissance Weekend Participant, Leadership America graduate and has been honored with the national Salute to
Citizenship Award, South Carolina Woman of Valor Award, Girl Scout Woman of Distinction Award, and the South Carolina Housing Achievement
Award.  Also:  The Malcolm D. Haven Award for Community Service, SCHA Woman of the Year, We Are Family Founders Award, YWCA Lifetime
Achievement, Center for Women Foundation Award, AFFA and SC Equality Founders Award, SCGLPM Volunteer of the Year and SCGLBG
Trailblazer Awards.  She is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Columbia College, as well as the NAACP, J. Arthur Brown Award for
Outstanding Service 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 completed work
toward her unfinished Ph.D. at both Duke and Emory Universities.

Envision South Carolina Interview

Center for Women Interview

Charleston Democratic Party You Tube

Quintin Washington Interview