Linda Alexionok’s broad experience in banking and finance, nonprofit leadership and child development informs her forward-thinking views on social innovation, evidence-based social impact and the value of human capital. Her unique ability to view community development and system reform opportunities through a social entrepreneurial-focused lens has made her a sought-after speaker, lecturer, media commentator and nonprofit board executive for dozens of organizations.
Her distinct perspective also brought her to her current dual role as the Executive Director of The Children’s Campaign, Florida’s leading nonprofit for grassroots citizen mobilization, and as President of Voices for Florida, an affiliate organization focused on restoring the American Dream for Florida’s children.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from Florida State University, Linda began her career in 1977 as an elementary school teacher in Tallahassee. Her expertise in curriculum development and teaching instruction was soon shared beyond the classroom through teacher workshops and orientations in Leon County and the state of Florida.
During the 1980s, Linda entered the field of banking. After attending the University of Florida’s School of Banking, she rapidly rose through the ranks to leadership positions—culminating in serving as President of a community bank. During her tenure in banking, Linda played a critical role in Tallahassee’s unprecedented growth. She helped launched numerous start-up businesses, led community economic development initiatives and gave financial guidance to thousands of new residents moving to the area. Linda was recognized by the American Institute of Banking as “Banker of the Year,” was a nominee for the Tallahassee Chamber’s “Small Business Advocate” and “Leadership Pacesetter” awards, and received the “Women Putting Their Stamp on History Award” from Tallahassee Community College.
Linda was a gubernatorial appointee and chair of the Florida School Readiness and Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend. She has also been recognized as the 2007 Florida Champion for Children by the Early Childhood Association and was appointed to the 2010 Advocate Hall of Fame by the Florida Family Child Care Association. She has served in a board leadership role of the Girl Scouts, American Heart Association, United Way, Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and FSU’s College of Education Alumni Board. Linda remains involved in business and community service and currently serves as a board member of the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation and FSU’s College of Communication and Information.
Today, Linda is often asked how her careers in education and banking are correlated. She is always quick to respond that her knowledge of human learning allows her to understand the root cause of problems facing our children today; her experience and expertise in business gives her unique skills to help solve these problems.