Linda Goler Blount, MPH

President & CEO (Alias: The Black Magic Woman)

Linda  Goler  Blount  joined  the  Black  Women’s  Health  Imperative  as the president  and  chief executive officer  in February 2014. As  president  and  CEO,  Linda  oversees  the  strategic  direction  for  the  Imperative  and  is  responsible  for  moving the organization forward in its mission to achieve health equity, as well as reproductive justice for Black women.

Before joining the Imperative, Linda served as the vice president of programmatic impact for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, where she led the effort to eliminate inequalities in health, income, education and housing 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 to reduce cancer incidence and mortality among underserved populations and to develop a nationwide health equity policy.

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,  South Africa,  Zimbabwe, Malawi,  Jamaica,  and Trinidad and Tobago, where she lived for four years. 

Linda is a sought‐after speaker and a member of the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Health Services Executives. She serves on  the  Community  Health  Charities  Board,  the  University  of  Michigan  School  of  Public  Health  Summer Enrichment Program Board and  is past chair of the University of Michigan  School of  Public Health Alumni Board of Governors. She previously served on the Emory University Center for Ethics Advisory Board, and the Morehouse School of Medicine Public Health Program Advisory Committee. 

A Michigan native, Linda holds a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering/Operations Research from Eastern Michigan University.

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