About Linda

linda-graduationAs a proud University of Colorado alumna, Linda Shoemaker is excited to be the next CU Regent in Congressional District 2. She believes that education is the key to unlocking opportunities for all Coloradans and that all Coloradans should have access to affordable and accountable higher education.

Shoemaker is a longtime member of the University of Colorado community and is dedicated to public education for all. She has donated time, energy, and money to the university through the Journalism Program Advisory Board, the CU Foundation Board of Trustees, and the CU Advocates program.

Shoemaker, a former journalist and attorney, has devoted the past 20 years to advancing quality public education in Colorado. Shoemaker was elected and served as President of the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education.  She was the founding Board Chair of the Bell Policy Center, a non-profit think tank committed to making Colorado a state of opportunity for all.

Shoemaker currently serves as President of the Brett Family Foundation, which she co-founded in 2000 with her husband, Steve Brett. The Brett Family Foundation supports Colorado communities by investing in organizations working for social justice, developing non-profit media, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged teens in Boulder County.  In 2009, Brett Family Foundation won a national award, the Effie Community Advocate Award for “effective persistence in providing a necessary voice for constructive change.”

Linda is a noted community leader with a long record of public service. She is a former board member of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County and the Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools (now named Impact on Education), and former Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children for Voices for Children. Shoemaker has also been a member of the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Women’s Foundation of Colorado Board of Trustees, Boulder Business and Professional Women, and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association board.

family with Kodiak 2011Shoemaker is an award-winning philanthropist and civic leader. In 2004, she was honored as Colorado’s Outstanding Philanthropist. She has also been awarded the Boulder Chamber of Commerce Women Who Light Up the Community, Downtown Boulder, Inc.’s Property Owner of the Year (for the Spruce Street Mansion), the YWCA’s Spirit of the Community Award, and the Daily Camera’s Pacesetter Award for Community Service.

Shoemaker grew up in a military family and has lived in Colorado since her meteorologist father retired to Boulder in 1963. She graduated with a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1969 and earned a J.D. from the University of Denver Law School in 1982. She loves hiking in the foothills, practicing yoga, making jewelry, and traveling. Linda and her husband, Steve Brett, live in Boulder. They have three children, five grandchildren, and an Alaskan Malamute named Kodiak.