Linda A. Dickerson

LAD PHOTO Bridge backgroundLinda Dickerson serves as a principal in 501(c)(3)² consulting group in Pittsburgh, which works with nonprofit executives and their boards of directors to optimize their institutions’ performance. She also works with for-profit corporations to assist them in measuring the impact of their charitable investments and to maximize the return from those investments.

Prior to opening 501(c)(3)², Linda owned and published Executive Report, Western Pennsylvania’s regional business magazine. At the end of 1997, she donated the magazine to the community through the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. Widely acclaimed as an expert on community and government affairs, Linda is the recipient of numerous awards. Vectors selected her as the 1996 Woman of the Year. In the preceding year, Governor Thomas Ridge named her as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.

The Commonwealth identified Linda as one of the Top 50 Women in Business. In 2003, Junior Achievement inducted Linda into its Hall of Fame. And, the Pittsburgh Business Times conferred its prestigious Women in Business Award to Linda in 2011.

For her extensive community service work, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania recognized Linda as one of the Pittsburgh region’s History Makers in 1997. She is an active member of more than two dozen community agency and non-profit boards, including her alma mater Carnegie Mellon University where she serves on the Executive, Nominating, Governance, and Educational Affairs & Enrollment Committees.

Both Duquesne University, where she did her graduate work, and Carnegie Mellon honored her as one of their distinguished alumni. The Community College of Allegheny County has recognized her as a Legendary Leader. And, the Greater Pittsburgh Phi Beta Kappa Association elected Linda as its first president.

Linda also served as the inaugural chair of the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the EPI Center’s Career and Academic Passport Commission, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Chief Executive Officers Club. As a two-term chair of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Linda combined her passion for the arts and for economic development.

She has been Chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium Board, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Pittsburgh Board, and the Homeless Children’s Education Fund. She combined her extensive knowledge of this community and a burning passion to improve the region’s quality of life in her work as a member of the Pittsburgh Foundation Board of Trustees.

Linda enjoys listening to classical music, attending cultural events, and sampling new restaurants. She is also the proud owner of a Bichon Frise mix named Minne (Minneapolis).