Linda Wolford, MS

(she/her)

Consultant / Trainer

Linda Wolford currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Disability Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She coordinates employment, workforce shortage and other Olmstead initiatives across DHS, the Department of Employment And Economic Development and other state agencies. In addition, she is currently the co-chair of the Employees with Disabilities Employee Resource Group. She formerly worked at DHS doing home care policy, working on employment initiatives and consumer directed personal care assistance services under several federal grants.

Linda has spent the majority of her career at the University of Minnesota where she served as a manager for 9 ½ years at the Disability Resource Center and previously as Director and formerly Associate Director of the Diversity Institute where she provided training about many aspects of human difference and diversity. Linda has done numerous trainings, workshops and keynote speeches on the topics of disability and diversity on both the local and national levels.

Linda obtained her Masters in Science in Counseling Psychology with a Rehabilitation emphasis from St. Cloud State University and a BA in Criminal Justice Studies also from St. Cloud State. She has served on the board of numerous nonprofits and in various community service capacities. Linda is a consultant for Strategic Diversity Initiatives specializing on issues of disability and inclusion. She resides in Roseville, MN and enjoys music, hanging out with friends and traveling.