On December 19, 2017, long-time resident Linda Lindholm was unanimously appointed by the City Council to serve as a City Council Member until the November 2018 election. She also serves as City liaison to the Senior Citizens' Committee and alternate representative to the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency.
In 1989, Linda moved to Laguna Niguel with her family where she became actively involved in the community. Linda was first elected to the Laguna Niguel City Council in 1996 and has served four terms as the City’s Mayor. Prior to her election, Linda served on the Laguna Niguel Planning Commission, Youth Committee, and the Parks and Recreation Commission. During her tenure, she played an integral part in the design and construction of the current City Hall building, as well as the improvements at Crown Valley Park. She also served two terms as Chairwoman of the San Joaquin Transportation Corridor Agency to enhance mobility for the citizens of Orange County.
In addition to her service in Laguna Niguel, Linda was named Woman of the Year in 2002 by then Assemblywoman Patricia C. Bates. Linda also received other distinguished achievements including the Saddleback Community College Leadership Award in 2005 for her advocacy for children and student needs, the Beta Foster Care Community Service Leader Award in 2005, and the Beta Foster Care Child Advocacy Award in 2014.
Linda has been a member of the Orange County Department of Education Board of Trustees for the past three years and plans to finish her term which expires in June 2018. As a Board Trustee, Linda’s primary focus is to ensure that taxpayer dollars are directed toward education and are spent in the classroom and not on administrative bureaucracy. She believes every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and that parents must have the ability to obtain the kind of education that fits their child’s unique needs. She received the Elected Official of the Year Hart Vision Award from the California Charter School Association in 2016.
Linda graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and later earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. She met her husband in high school and married years later. The couple has two adult daughters who are graduates of Colorado State and Chapman Universities and a son who attends Cal Poly Pomona.