Linda Gerard

Chief Program and Innovation Officer

Bringing to light

Empowering leaders and organizations to bring to light the change they want to see in the world

The basics

At UpStart, Linda aims to create a more just, vibrant, and inclusive future through partnerships with our community’s boldest leaders.

Throughout her career, Linda has worked in key strategy, marketing, and innovation roles with leading business and social purpose organizations, including Monitor Company, The Learning Company, and Stanford Center for Social Innovation. Before joining UpStart, Linda led brand, program, and innovation efforts for Net Impact, a nonprofit that inspires a new generation of leaders to use the power of business to improve the world.

Linda has served in leadership roles for numerous nonprofit boards, including the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team, Remember Us, Brandeis Hillel Day School, and the Innovation Fund and Executive Grant Making Committee at the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Linda holds a B.A. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

How Linda finds meaning and comes together with others

Linda is inspired every day by the social entrepreneurs who are expanding the ways we build community and find meaning in our lives. In her free time, three favorite ways Linda loves to come together with family and friends are: game night, an evening at the theater, or a hike in nature.