DPP Program Director Linda Friedman Retires
New Adventures for Friend and Colleague
It is with great appreciation that we say goodbye to the Department of Public Policy’s Program Director, Linda Friedman. Her expertise, experience, and smile has built and strengthened a wide variety of DPP initiatives and programs, along with many programs throughout UConn.
Linda, working with DPP faculty, co-created the Professional Development Series, now a required staple of the Department’s MPA and MPP programs, to prepare students for the dynamics of the job search, interviewing, and career development. Intertwined with this work is Linda’s vital work with the Department’s internship program, through her coordination of the annual Mock Interview Night. Mock Interview Night brings together DPP alumni and colleagues to provide students with a real world interview experience in preparation for their internship interviews, a vital part of their MPA and MPP academic portfolio.
Linda recently took on the role of Coordinator of the Department’s Pi Pi Alpha Honor Society to strengthen its bond with the Department, along with co-designing and managing the Department’s annual celebration to honors its programs’ graduates. Linda kept all students, faculty, friends, community partners, and alumni connected through her writing in the DPP Newsletter. In addition, seminal to the Department’s growth and engagement with the Connecticut public and nonprofit sector, Linda co-created the Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative, an educational coalition of Connecticut public sector and nonprofit professional associations.
In 2012, Linda came to the Department of Public Policy, along with her colleague David Garvey, to merge the work they had created through the Nonprofit Leadership Program at UConn’s Center for Continuing Studies with Public Policy. Academically, the interconnection of nonprofit and public sector work has been a natural for the Department and has thrived.
In Linda’s decade of work at UConn’s Center for Continuing Studies, she directed and created leading State of Connecticut professional programs in real estate licensing and the Connecticut Certified Municipal Assessor’s designation, working directly with Connecticut Real Estate Commission and the Association of Assessing Officers.
In the nonprofit arena, as co-director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program, Linda created and co-developed professional development programs for all levels of nonprofit professionals, from those entering the field to seasoned executive directors. Her portfolio of created programs includes: Being the Change, for those entering the field; Leading Nonprofit Organizations, for emerging leaders; Facing Change, a three-day strategic planning retreat for Executive Directors; the Connecticut Hispanic Leadership Institute; and the State of the Connecticut Nonprofit Sector Symposiums which brought hundreds of nonprofit, academic, philanthropic, and business leaders together to converge on key issues facing Connecticut.
For all of these programs she brought heart, expertise, and professionalism. But, a strong passion of Linda’s work was and still is with Encore!Connecticut. Encore!Connecticut started as a pilot as Encore!Hartford a decade ago, working with key state partners including — Capital Workforce Partners, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, AARP Connecticut, and Leadership Greater Hartford — to create a workforce transition program for seasoned corporate professionals to move into management careers in the nonprofit sector. That Hartford pilot, 10 years ago, expanded to Encore!Fairfield County in 2016, and nearly 200 graduates later, will expand to a new Encore!Connecticut in 2020.
All of Linda’s work was done in strong collaboration with her friends and colleagues at the national Encore.org. In collaboration with her partners at Encore.org, Linda co-created What’s Next? Encore Careers: Purpose, Passion and a Paycheck, held at the Artists Collective, and Encore Talent Works, which educates nonprofit leaders on the value of encore careerists and paths for incorporation into the nonprofit sector. Linda is also a founding member of the Encore Network, a worldwide coalition of encore leaders and organizations.
Prior to coming to the University of Connecticut, Linda was Assistant Director of Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Hartford. She received her Master of Science in Organizational Management from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2011 and her Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare from Adelphi University in 1972.
Linda and her husband Jerry will be moving to South Carolina. But we, as a Department, hope to stay connected with Linda as she individually transitions to her own personal encore, and as the Department moves forward with its Encore!Connecticut 2020 work.
All our best, Linda!