Linda DipertPlacemaking Fellow

BIOGRAPHY

Linda was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a curiosity for life and no real single passion, Linda spent time in Northern California learning to make baskets from the Hopi Indians, then ventured to Ketchikan, Alaska during the pipeline boom because that seemed the popular thing to do. There she tried her hand at nursing in the General Hospital, owned Alaska Cab Company, worked as a waitress and bartender, and finally made her way back to California. She has worked at the candy counter for F.W. Woolworth’s, as a handbag salesperson at Joseph Magnin, and a teller at Golden West Savings & Loan Association, all while attending every Oakland Athletics game at home and many away.   

When she moved to Arlington, Texas she quickly joined the travel industry with National Car Rental, American Hawaii Cruises, and Dan Dipert Tours & Travel. It was here that she was called to give back to those in her community. She founded Women Inspiring Philanthropy that awards impactful grants to non-profits in Arlington, cheapsheep.com, a rug hooking business that taught Mexican Nationals a sustainable trade, and the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington that gives artists around the world an outlet to sell their art at fair market prices. While the artist retains 80% of the sales price, 20% is returned to Arlington for revitalization in the most ethnically diverse zip code in town.

Linda graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington Summa Cum Laude with an Honors Business Degree in Marketing. She is currently a second-year student at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock. She serves on the boards of UT Arlington Presidents Advisory Board, Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, Texas Health Development Board, Arlington Independent School District Foundation Executive Board, Downtown Arlington Management Corporation Incoming Chair, International Folk Art Market Steering Committee, Dan Dipert Family Fund, and Women Inspiring Philanthropy. Past service includes Junior League of Arlington, Big Brothers & Sisters, UT Arlington Alumni Board, UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Gala Committee, Founding President UT Arlington Honors College President, Arlington Museum of Art, Theater Arlington, Arlington Cultural Tourism Council, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Board, and Boys & Girls of Arlington.

EDUCATION

B.S. (Hons) Marketing, University of Texas at Arlington
University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service

HONORS & AWARDS

Hero Award in 2017 from the Women’s Alliance of Arlington that honors women who have dedicated their lives to making a lasting impact in the community through tenured consistent contributions
Star Award in 2015 from the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce: the highest honor for those who have made significant contributions to the community.