Linda Tarr-Whelan

linda_tarrwhelan_150The Honorable Linda Tarr-Whelan is a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow who has had a varied career in the public, non-profit and governmental sectors. She served as Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in the Clinton Administration and as Deputy Assistant for Women’s Concerns to President Jimmy Carter. Ladies Home Journal named her as one of the 50 most powerful women in Washington.

Linda’s experience has included a sub-cabinet appointment in New York State government, policy director for AFSCME, AFL-CIO and chief lobbyist for the National Education Association. As CEO of the Center for Policy Alternatives, the leading progressive policy and leadership center for the 50 states, she focused on women and the economy. She and her husband created a successful international change management consultancy.

Linda began her career as a nurse and holds a BSN from Johns Hopkins, an MS from the University of Maryland, and honorary PhDs from Chatham University and Plymouth State University. Linda’s book, Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World will be published later this year. She lives on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.