East River Electric Power Cooperative
Linda serves as Economic Development Manager at East River Electric Power Cooperative where she provides economic development support for 21 consumer-owned, electric distribution systems in eastern SD and western MN and as a manager of Rural Electric Economic Development, Inc. (REED Fund), a non-profit CDFI, comprised of 25 electric cooperatives, that offers community and business development gap financing in SD and western MN.
During her career, Linda has helped organize and raise funds for a number of non-profit entities and projects, and participated in or facilitated a variety of community and economic development activities. Linda's energy for rural development comes from working to help people in small businesses and small towns succeed.
Linda has a degree in Business Economics from South Dakota State University, is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional and graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute. She chairs Dakota's America, LLP, a Community Development Entity delivering New Markets Tax Credits to a national service territory; and is a board member of National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), Washington, DC; Midwest Assistance Program (MAP), a member of the RCAP Network serving nine upper Midwest states, Marysville, MO; Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, Madison, SD, serving 14 SD counties; Lake Area Improvement Corporation, Madison, SD; and the Strategic Advisory Council at Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD.