How to Communicate School Priorities to Local and State Elected Officials

  • Presenters:
    Linda Farmer

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    November 17, 2021
    10:30 a.m. - Noon

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    LindaLinda Farmer, APR is the Chief Communications Officer for the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services. She leads a team of 12 marketing and communications professionals, and also serves on the agency’s senior leadership

    Linda has led communications, marketing and government relations for both private and public organizations including Comcast, Pierce County Library System, the cities of Tacoma and Federal Way, the state's Puget Sound Action Team (now the Puget Sound Partnership), and Pacific Lutheran University. She got her start as a newspaper reporter and editor. 

    Fun fact: Linda also did a stint at the Association of Washington School Principals where she worked for her high school principal (Gary Kipp from Mark Morris HS in Longview, Wash.). 

    Linda holds a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University. Her capstone, “Top 10 Secrets of Local Government Communicators,” won an Outstanding Master’s Project” award from the Women Executives in Public Relations Foundation of New York (now known as Advertising Women in New York). Linda earned her Bachelor of Arts in Editorial Journalism and Political Science from the University of Washington, Seattle. 

    An active member of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) since 1996, Linda is a past board member and served as chapter president in 2009. She also holds national accreditation in public relations (APR).

    No stranger to politics, Linda is serving her first term on the non-partisan Lakewood City Council. In this role she and her fellow council members review and evaluate the city’s $183M biennial budget, oversee the work of a full-time city manager and set policy and direction on all issues related to city management. She also works closely with the Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board on overlapping issues of interest to Lakewood, and she participated in the formation of the district’s first equity policy adopted this fall.

    Linda currently serves on the South Sound Housing Affordability Partnership in Pierce County as well as the State’s Sex Offender Policy Board. She recently ended a seven-year term on the Community Advisory Council for the KNKX 88.5 Public Radio Community Advisory Council and was active in the campaign that allowed the station, formerly known as KPLU, to become an independent organization. 

    Linda lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jimmie, and their 14-year-old daughter, Dylan, who is a freshman at Lakes High School within CPSD. Please connect with Linda on LinkedIn: