Linda is an entrepreneur with a career that encompasses civic leadership, business management, and government service. She is the Chair of MLK Health and Wellness CDC and the President of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a producer of television programming aimed at the young Latino market. Linda also serves as the Managing General Partner of Engine Co. No. 28, a successful downtown Los Angeles restaurant that she founded in 1988, and participated in the development of that landmark firehouse into offices.
From 1990 until January 2000, Linda held public services assignments, including Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank, a $430-million federally funded development bank. From 1994 until 1997, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rebuild LA (RLA), created in 1992 to spearhead a five-year riot recovery plan. From 1991 to 1993, Linda served as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.
From 1998 until 2003, Linda served as a Los Angeles Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of US Bank. Until the respective mergers of First Interstate Bank and Tokai Bank, Linda served on their Boards of Directors. In 1998, she was a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Policy. She was a member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Blockbuster, Inc., Granite Construction, Inc., and Southwest Water Company. From 1995 until 2003, Linda was a Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Currently, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, and is a founding board member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Linda has received several leadership awards, including those from the City of Hope, the University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Mexican Bar Foundation, and the San Francisco Hispanic Foundation. Born and raised in New Mexico, Linda comes from a Mexican American family of bakers and railroad workers. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in History in 1975 from UCLA.