Linda Shoemaker

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Community Involvement

Boulder Professional Women

Linda is a past president of the Boulder Professional Women which was established in 1931 to promote full participation, equity, and economic self-sufficiency for working women. BPW has been a leader in passing much of the landmark civil and women's rights legislation of our time. The Colorado Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc. (BPW/Colorado) was also established in 1919. In 2006, Linda received BPW's Woman of the Year award.

The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County

Linda maintains a donor advised fund with the Community Foundation and encourages local philanthropy by participating in various programs of the Community Foundation, including the Culture of Giving, and Social Venture Partners Boulder. She served on the Millennium Trust Steering Committee.

The Community Foundation honored Linda in 2001, when they started an annual award named after her mother, Patricia Shoemaker, a dedicated community volunteer. The "Pat on the Back Award" annually recognizes individuals who have given extraordinary, but often unsung volunteer time in caring for the community.

In 2001, the Brett Family Foundation partnered with the Community Foundation to produce the Catalog for Giving, a bi-annual publication, which features the work of 11 local nonprofits serving youth and their families.

I Have A Dream

Linda and her husband Steve Brett are sponsors of 40 at-risk students who live in north Boulder. They help provide tutoring, mentoring and academic assistance so that the Broadway Dreamers will be able to graduate from high school and take advantage of IHAD scholarships. Linda has served on the Board of IHAD for 12 years.

Impact on Education (formerly Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools)

Linda served on the board of this innovative nonprofit for 3 years and continues to be a strong supporter of the organization's efforts to increase resources for Boulder County school teachers and classrooms, and improve academic achievement.

Voices for Children

Linda volunteered as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) on behalf of abused and neglected children before joining the School Board and has continued to support the organization's work through the Brett Family Foundation.

Women's Foundation

Linda served on the Board of Trustees and sponsored the organization's study of the Status of Women and Girls in Boulder County with a grant from the Brett Family Foundation. Founded on the belief that women's success is essential to the success of the community, the Women's Foundation of Colorado promotes the full participation of women and girls in society.