Term: 2011 —2014
Linda Owen has served as President and CEO of The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation (the Foundation), since October 2008. The Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and operate the Woodall Rodgers Park, a $110 million, 5 acre public park spanning the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas, Texas. The Foundation is part of a public-private partnership that includes the City of Dallas, the U.S. Department of Transportation, TX DOT and North Central Texas Council of Governments.
In her role as President, Linda is responsible for the strategic direction, effective operation and fiduciary performance of the Foundation. She oversees efforts to fund, design, construct, manage and operate The Park. To date, WRPF has raised $94 million toward the $110 million total project goal. The Park is 65% completed and will open fall 2012.
From 1999-2008, Linda led The Real Estate Council and The Real Estate Council Foundation, through a period of significant growth as its President. Linda was responsible for the expansion and catalytic influence of a large, diverse commercial real estate association and a related nonprofit. Her primary responsibility was to integrate the fundraising, public communications, political action, community development and membership activities of both organizations, binding them together in common purpose and cohesive focus, to serve the well being of the Dallas/Fort Worth region.
During her tenure as President of The Real Estate Council, she spearheaded the initial feasibility study which led to the creation of The Park. Linda also oversaw the creation of the Dallas Land Bank, a state-wide model for the acquisition of tax delinquent properties, ultimately to be sold to affordable housing developers to help increase the severely depleted supply of properties available to low- and moderate-income families in Dallas.
An attorney with a broad range of business and civic accomplishments, Linda has extensive business, philanthropic, strategic and executive leadership experience. Her community experience includes serving on the boards of Junior League of Dallas, Family Place, St. Alcuin Montessori School and Bishop Lynch High School. She is currently active on the board of the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin.
Linda received her BA in economics and her JD from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, Linda moved to Dallas to clerk for U.S District Court Judge Jerry Buchmeyer. Thereafter, she became a partner with the law firm of Wald, Harkrader and Ross, specializing in commercial real estate.
Linda enjoys golf, travel and urban affairs. She is the mother of three and grandmother of two.