Linda Goler Blount
Linda Goler Blount is the president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative and a Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project.
At the Black Women’s Health Imperative, Linda oversees the strategic direction for the Imperative and is responsible for moving the organization forward in its mission to achieve health equity, reproductive and social justice for Black women across the lifespan.
Before joining the Imperative, Linda served as the Vice President of Programmatic Impact for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, where she lead a team focused on achieving transformation in health, income, education and housing stability through place-and population-based work.
Prior to that position, Linda was the first-ever National Vice President of Health Disparities at the American Cancer Society. There, she was responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership to the Society and its 12 geographic divisions for nationwide health equity policy and social determinants initiatives.
With more than 25 years of experience in the public, for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Linda has a distinguished career that includes successful tenures at The Coca-Cola Company leading strategic business initiatives and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Expert Scientist. She also has extensive international health expertise and has served as a consultant to government ministries in Germany, Barbados, Malawi and Trinidad and Tobago.
Linda is a sought-after speaker and is a member of several organizations, including the Society for Public Health Education, Leadership Atlanta and National Association of Health Services Executives. She currently serves on the boards of the Georgia School-based Health Alliance; University of Michigan School of Public Health, Summer Enrichment Program; 10SKY and Morehouse School of Medicine, Public Health Program Advisory Committee.
A Michigan native, Linda holds a Master of Public Health, Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering/Operations Research from Eastern Michigan University.