Executive Director of the nonprofit Gifts For Our Community, Linda Glover was born and raised in Montana, and attended the University of Montana. There, she met the football player who would become her husband of now-47 years. They married, graduated, and moved to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, where she worked as a teacher and elementary school principal for many years. When their daughter and her family moved to Vancouver, Linda and Jay moved here in 1995 to be closer to them. Although she loved education, she decided to use the move to do something different.

In Vancouver, Linda joined Gifts For Our Community by leading the nonprofit’s Holiday Shop. The organization’s current efforts to support Vancouver and Clark County in human services, education and the arts include Divine Consign, an upscale furniture resale shop and b. divine clothing boutique, an upscale resale clothing shop. For 20 years, Glover has led this organization that included multiple small businesses, each of which returns its proceeds to the community in the form of grants, furniture and clothing that re-invest in our community.

An active volunteer and champion of all that Vancouver has to offer, Linda has served on the boards of Vancouver’s Downtown Association, Learning Avenues Childcare Centers, and the Fort Vancouver National Trust Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for Bridgeview Education and Employment Center and the City of Vancouver CRT addressing COV Police Department funding needs. She is also a member of Friends of Hospice, H-RoC, Empowering Women and the Clark County Chamber of Commerce.

She was named one of the Vancouver/Portland Metro Area’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the NW Women’s Journal in 2007; received the Altrusa Service Award in 2008, and the Women of Achievement Award in 2010 and the Friends of Hospice 2016 Recognition Award.

"As your representative on the Vancouver City Council, I want to continue to bring people together, build a strong and healthy environment for businesses, and find balanced solutions to complex problems. Working together, we can make Vancouver stronger and properous."

With a strong foundation as an educator, Linda is equipped to work with different personalities and stakeholders to achieve success. Starting as a second-grade teacher, she quickly showed herself to be a leader in the field and became an elementary-school principal at Sorensen Elementary. During her time as principal, that school was selected as one of the 50 most innovative schools in the nation. One of the key programs she initiated was a mediation program to teach children how to manage bullying on the playground. She was later reassigned to the district’s lowest-scoring school and developed a successful program to re-engage parents, support teachers, and motivate parents.

Linda believes that together, we can accomplish great things, and that by working together, the result will be much greater than anyone individually could have imagined. She has spent a lifetime developing the ability to communicate, build and motivate teams, solve problems, find consensus, and reach solutions. She understands what it means to live, work and play in Vancouver, because she has been doing exactly that, successfully, for 22 years. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve the City of Vancouver on council, and continue the strong work to make Vancouver properous.