50 Women to Watch

50 Women to Watch: Linda Kinney

Linda Kinney, Law & Policy, Civica LLC

Linda Kinney is a visionary global leader, investor, and trusted advisor to corporate executives and government officials. She has held leadership positions in an early-stage, mid-cap, and multinational corporation with over $70B in annual revenue. Throughout her career, she has been a change-maker, influencing the regulatory environment and accelerating the adoption of new technologies.

Currently, Linda is a limited partner in two VC funds. She advises companies on climate-related matters, including navigating new regulatory requirements, securing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), developing industry coalitions and standards, managing stakeholders, and influencing climate policy.

As Head of ESG & Product Regulatory Legal at Intel, Linda led a global team of regulatory lawyers. She served on the Chief Product Sustainability Officer’s leadership team, driving growth related to sustainable procurement and navigating emerging ESG regulation. While working at Intel, she drafted the company’s first Corporate Accessibility Policy and facilitated appointment of Intel’s first Director of Accessibility. She also served on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and mentored rising female leaders.

Earlier in her career, Linda rose through the ranks of the federal government, achieving a career appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES), the highest level of civilian leadership. She has worked on cutting-edge issues at the forefront of major technology and regulatory transitions, including: the world’s first spectrum auction rules; deregulation of local telephone markets; passage of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act; the FCC’s open internet proceeding; and privatization of management of the internet domain name system.

Prior to government service, Linda worked for the World Bank in Albania during the transition to democracy and helped craft the country’s first environmental laws.

Linda has also served on several non-profit boards, including the Consumer Technology Association’s Board of Trustees, which links people with disabilities to technologies that enhance their lives.

Linda attended Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law. She has a daughter and a son, and lives with her husband in Redwood City, CA.

What is the most influential piece of advice (professional or personal) you have received?

Don't be the person who curses the darkness; be the person who lights the candle

Name your hometown/where you were born/where you grew up and where you live now.

I grew up in Fullerton, CA and currently live in Redwood City, CA.

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