Linden works with the AI Center of Excellence, a Troy nonprofit creating an ecosystem around artificial intelligence in the Capital District by building community competency in the application of AI to create job growth, incubate startups, facilitate research and development, and solve real-world problems. Her position draws on prior experience as the Development Coordinator at Capital Roots where she wrote and managed grants in addition to coordinating donor management efforts.
Originally from Appalachian Ohio, Linden has long been committed to social justice issues, especially those involving the environment and food. While obtaining her Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Linden had the opportunity to build her policy and legal experience through an internship with the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic.
An itinerant traveler, Linden has lived in Berlin, Istanbul, and Florence. Her varied experiences—from being a professional teacher to crafting sustainable community development plans for eastern Ohio with Ohio State University Extension—have allowed her to build a varied stable of skills and passions. Linden is committed to creating community engagement and access to power systems through exploring the areas where policy, research, and advocacy meet, with an emphasis on using food systems as a lever for social and structural change.
Linden has been an avid reader since childhood, and enjoys crafting narrative to communicate complex concepts in an approachable way, whether it be for fundraising, community engagement, or art. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and has had poetry published in compilations on several continents.