Linda is an Oakland native and UC Berkeley graduate. She began her career as an Eligibility Worker for the Alameda County Welfare Department and ended her career as Associate Regional Administrator, Division of Medicaid & Children’s Health, for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. As the Associate Regional Administrator for the Division of Medicaid and Children’s Health, Region IX, Linda was responsible for the Federal administration and oversight of the Medicaid programs (known as Medi-Cal in California) and the State Children’s Health Insurance Programs for the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada as well as the outer Pacific Territories. Linda remains active in the community and is a Buddhist Church of Oakland Board member where she served as President in 2013 and 2014.