Linda Lingle - Counsel
Since 2001 Ms. Lingle has been a Government and Public Affairs consultant. The focus of her work has been in energy, higher education and partnership development. Her current client base is concentrated in New Mexico and South Carolina, but she also has supported clients located in North Dakota, California, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and Washington, DC.
Previously she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) during the Clinton Administration. In that position, she had regular and substantive contacts with key Members of Congress, State and Tribal Governors, as well as other state and local elected officials. She was deeply involved with The Foreign Research Reactor (Atoms for Peace) Program which returns spent nuclear fuel from around the world to the Savannah River Site in Aiken SC via the port of Charleston. This important (and ongoing) project utilized her negotiation skills as she worked with the South Carolina Governors Office, the Naval Weapons Station, state and local elected official and agencies and environmental groups to ensure that the program was implemented successfully.
Prior to 1994, she lived in Charleston, SC where she was very active in the greater community and state. Leadership positions included Chairing the Mayor's Commission on Women; the Board of the Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corp; and the Community Relations Committee. She was the Director of Development for Trident Technical College where she was responsible for public and private sector fundraising, government relations, alumni and marketing.
Representative James Clyburn recruited Lingle to move to South Carolina as a Vista Volunteer. Later she was appointed by former Governor Dick Riley to the SC Human Affairs Commission which was led by Congressman Clyburn.
Ms. Lingle has a degree in Political Science from Arkansas State University and additional courses in Urban Studies from College of Charleston. She is also a 1987 graduate of the Leadership South Carolina Program.