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Peralta Community College DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Area 3

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Linda L. Handy

Peralta Community Colleges District Trustee Area 3
9,313 votes (51.57%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Supporting Student Success by helping students stay in school, afford books, get free health care so they can accomplish their goals.
  • Fiscal accountability for teachers, staff and administration that ties District expenditures to student success.
  • Community engagement in District strategic planning so we support community needs through course offerings and job training.



Laney College, San Francisco State University, Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management Associate of Arts, Bachelorof Arts, Master of Arts Organizational Development and Analysis, Fashion Arts, Plastics Technology, Organizational Development and Analysis (1995)
Laney College; SF State University; Case Western Reserve University Laney College AA; San Francisco State University, BA; Case Western Reserve University, Masters of Arts, Laney College, Fashion Design; SF State Design and Industry; Case Western Reserve, Organizational Development (1995)
Laney College; San Francisco University; Case Western Reserve University AA, BA, MA, Fashion Design, Design and Industry, Organizational Development (1995)


Linda Handy is a graduate of Laney College and received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Development from Case Western Reserve University.  Ms. Handy is a racial dialogue facilitator and has worked in the behavioral health field for many years and worked in higher education at Case Western Reserve University.  Ms. Handy is a first generation college graduate, a mother, grandmother and long time grass roots community organizer. Ms. Handy has worked for social Justice and civil rights with Operation P.U.S.H. in Chicago, and provided support services for first generation minority college students in Ohio.  In Oakland, Ms. Handy worked with the Oakland Coalition of Congregations which created the first report cards for Oakland Schools. Ms Handy continues to demonstrate her committment to social justice through her work with Black Women Organized for Political Action, the East Bay Women’s Political Alliance, and the Stonewall Democratic Club.  Ms. Handy has led a team of Peralta student leaders of all races to the Congressional Black Caucus for 12 years where they learn about civic engagement, advocacy and American government. In her first career as an international flight attendant Ms. Handy led a successful legal challenge to open the field for flight attendants of multiple races and genders.  Ms. Handy continues her work for social justice and self-empowerment of underserved people through her work as a Peralta Trustee.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We are the people we have been waiting for.  Everyone’s voice is important and public service means helping disenfranchised people along the journey to find thier voice and lift up themselves and thier community. The burdens of poverty and discrimination are exacerbated by inequities in access to education and health care.  Community colleges provide affordable and accessible education that provides an opportunity for people in our community to raise themselves up and realize their potential.  In our environment of competing interests and divisive politics elected leaders must be a resoruce and unifying force for our community.  We must be selfless in the face of personal attacks and keep our focus on the collective goal of serving our community and being a voice for the voiceless. 

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