Linda Shak

Program Officer

Coming to PFS from a career in advocacy at the national and state level, Linda loves working on the issues she is passionate about—advancing food security and improving community health.

Linda joined PFS in 2017 after serving as associate program officer for the Children, Families, and Communities program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. There she developed and implemented the program’s early childhood nutrition initiative and supported national grantmaking efforts to improve health care coverage for children and families.

Before her career in philanthropy, Linda worked for Prevention Institute, the national center for developing and advancing the practice of primary prevention. She served as one of the Institute’s lead consultants, providing training and technical assistance to government agencies, nonprofits, and foundations working to improve community health. While at Prevention Institute, Linda also staffed the Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments, a California network for food and physical activity advocates. Linda received her MSW and BA in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.

When she’s not working, Linda loves adventuring outdoors—skiing, biking, rock climbing, and whitewater kayaking. She is also a passionate volunteer for several organizations serving young people and children impacted by illness.

Linda works for the following foundation: