LINDA'S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS:
Linda grew up in Seaboard, N.C. where she had her first business at age 12 farming cucumbers on two acres of land on the family farm. She was responsible for planting weeding, harvesting and marketing for sale of her fresh grown cucumbers. Since then, her focus has been to help women, and small businesses to grow and provide them with the support needed to reach their fullest potential using her example from an early childhood work history.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER:
Linda Bright is the CEO/President of Health Care Services of Hampton Roads, Inc., providing mental health support throughout the Southside and Peninsula. She is the CEO of Linda Bright’s Consulting Service and Bridging the Gap, LLC., which provides housing for the homeless. Linda’s professional pursuits include providing the highest level of service to treat those who have a mental health diagnosis. Her myriad of other professional services include providing affordable housing for the homeless and focus on providing realistic solutions for Opium and other substance addiction habits within the community.
Linda serves on numerous boards such as, the Virginia Beach Community Services Board where she worked for over 18 years as a supervisor in case management. She wrote the first long-term care plan in the state of Virginia to provide services for the Intellectual Disabled. She was the President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia for six years and currently serves as the Vice- President of Patient Affairs. She has received many Class Act Awards and Peer Awards for her volunteer services in Virginia Beach. She received an invitation to the White House from President Obama to work on the Fiscal Cliff in 2012. Her knowledge and skills are sought after throughout the state of Virginia and North Carolina. She supports the Boys and Girls Club in North Carolina where she grew up and this helps to maintain their stay in their after-school program.
COMMUNITY AWARDS & RECOGNITION:
Linda received the Martin Luther King Award and was honored to take part for approval of Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. rededication of Virginia Beach Blvd. She has worked diligently to raise funds as President of the African American Cultural Center Executive Board. She was the Liaison for the Economic Development Board for more than four years to help bridge the gap for small business with the city of Virginia Beach business opportunities. Linda tirelessly served on the City of Virginia Beach Minority Business Council for more than 13 years and during critical time periods has served as Vice-Chair. She is currently the Chair for the Developmental Disabilities Board of Directors.
COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS & INFLUENCER:
Linda is sought after for her talents and works closely with the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk police departments. Her expertise has been called upon by judges from their bench in open court for professional opinions on individuals before critical rulings that help to shape lives and the community. Affordable health care is of vital interest to her for the citizens of the Hampton Roads area. She is on the Advisory board of the Bio-Tech Medical research board with Sentara Hospital, Life Net, Duke University, University of Virginia and Medical College of Virginia. Linda is also committed to the research of diabetes, PTSD for our veterans, cardio-vascular impairments, and cancer.
ADVOCATE FOR ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY:
Linda’s will work to make sure the young people have opportunities to grow, find jobs, create and grow vibrant small businesses, Linda has meetings with business owners to assist them in receiving contracts and talking with the City to de-bungle contracts. This will increase minority owned and women-owned businesses to have an increased opportunity to provide professional services for the City of Virginia Beach Requirements Division.
CONCERNED ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENT:
Our flood areas must be addressed as soon as possible due to the recent update of storms this season. Let's work closely with our surrounding cities in the Hampton Roads area to provide citizen's with benefits to keep them in our area. One key benefit that I as councilwoman would emphasize and promote throughout the City of Virginia Beach is increasing year-round activities for tourist and people here at home.
#VoteBright on November 6th! Virginia Beach City Council At-Large. With over 20 years of serving our community, Linda shares her "why and what matters" on this audio playlist Get to know Linda and how she brings authentic community service, wisdom, business savvy and new ideas to the table.