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Linda Lawson Senior Consultant

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Linda manages several of the firm’s workforce training and technical assistance projects under contracts with the U.S. Department of Labor, other federal agencies, and intergovernmental organizations.

With over 20 years of experience in workforce development, human services, and adult education at the local, state and national levels, Linda is a recognized expert in policy and legislation, and in program development and implementation. Her experience spans a range of efforts including building a competency-based apprenticeship system, developing electronic tools for the workforce system, the National Business Learning Partnership (NBLP) mentor-protégé project, and supporting state and local governments and Workforce Investment Boards in strategic planning and staff capacity building initiatives.  Prior to joining Maher, Linda was legislative director at the National Governors Association (NGA) where she oversaw the labor, workforce, and post-secondary education portfolio including Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Unemployment Insurance, and Higher Education Act policy issues. Linda also served as senior policy associate and staff director for the National Association of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) State Directors, where she led efforts to influence congress and the administration on behalf of state programs serving low-income families.  Early in her career, Linda managed community college employment and training programs and helped to establish one of the nation’s first comprehensive local One Stop systems. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Linda lives and works in Washington D.C.

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