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Linda Luciano, Ed.D., Vice Chair

Linda Luciano Heahshot

Senior executive, Linda Luciano, M.B.A., Ed.D., has had a distinguished career in the industry sectors of higher education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, banking, and insurance. She has held significant senior leadership positions, including associate dean and chief operating officer, vice president of planning, chief of staff/counselor, and compliance officer. Linda is an experienced operation’s manager with expertise in leading information technology, administration, marketing/communications, and facilities departments. She is a member of the adjunct faculty at Montclair State University and has a keen interest in student mentorship.

Leveraging her experience and skills, Linda provided oversight and project management for the launch of the 2007 Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development program, a $5.1 million federal grant that supported a regional partnership comprising New Jersey leaders from the private sector, workforce development, economic development, education, and government. The goal of the program was to provide the unemployed and underemployed with the skills to secure gainful employment in the regional economy through coordinated planning, training, and innovation. Working in close collaboration with regional and state leaders in higher education, and government and local communities, Linda was successful in building consensus in the development and implementation of strategic plans that developed 22 training and education products, many of which are sustained in the northern New Jersey region.

Linda earned a B.S. in business administration, cum laude, from Caldwell University, an M.B.A. in marketing from Seton Hall University, and an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Certificate of Completion from the Planning Institute, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and is an alumna of the HERS Summer Institute at Bryn Mawr College, a program for women leaders in Higher Education. She is a member of the Academy of Women Leaders Class of 2010, an honor bestowed upon her by the New York City YWCA.

Linda is also a member of the Cedar Grove Public Library Board of Trustees.