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Linda A. Kosko, Executive Director, Danbury Children First, Inc.

 Linda is the Co-Chair of Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership, working to improve school success for young children, to strengthen families by better access to resources and educational opportunities. Linda was a founding member of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, and Co-Chair for two years, and was a co-founder of Connecticut Parent Power, a statewide network of parents working to impact state policy to benefit children and families. Prior professional experience includes as Project Coordinator of the federal Family Preservation and Family Support Services Initiative for Southwestern Connecticut, Director of the City of Shelton’s Community Development program, Program Manager of the City of Bridgeport’s Housing Site Development and Urban Homesteading Agencies, and Loan Officer for the Bridgeport Neighborhood Fund.  Linda has also worked as consultant to ASPIRA of Connecticut, a statewide Latino youth organization, Bridgeport Empowerment Zone work groups, and the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center.  Linda successfully wrote grants for public and private sectors, raising in excess of $5.0 million.Linda’s education includes a M.S. in Economics from Texas A & M University and B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, with a Minor in Cultural Anthropology.  Linda is also trained as a facilitator of the Parent Leadership Training Institute(PLTI), Children and School Success: What Parents Should Know, and trainer of trainers for Lee y serás/Read and you will be…anything early literacy program.Presentation experience includes to audiences of 15 to 80 at national Family Support America conferences, to Tri-State and local United Way groups, School Readiness Councils, Discovery communities and Stone Soup Conferences, and to local civic and parent groups, school district department meetings, and businesses. Linda lives with her husband Michael in Shelton, Connecticut. They have three adult children, two of them married, and two grandchildren.Linda’s volunteer work has included as a trustee of The Unquowa School for 3 years, 2 of them as Annual Giving Chair, and as a board member for 3 years on the Valley Regional Planning Agency. In 2011, Linda received recognition from the CT Early Childhood Alliance for her leadership to grow and advance the cause of young children throughout Connecticut.  In 2008, Linda received recognition from The Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury for her work empowering Hispanic/Latino families.  In 2007, Linda received the Newby Award for Professional Service from the Greater Danbury Child Advocacy Center, and in 1990, Linda received the Shelton Jaycees Outstanding Volunteer Award for work as president and founder of a non-profit housing corporation.