Linda Chavez is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a non-profit public policy research organization in Washington, DC.
Chavez also writes a weekly syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country and is a political analyst for Fox News Channel.
In January 2001, Chavez was President George W. Bush’s nominee for Secretary of Labor until she withdrew her name from consideration. In 2000, Chavez was honored by the Library of Congress as a “Living Legend” for her contributions to America’s cultural and historical legacy.
In 1992, Chavez was elected by the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission to serve a four-year term as U.S. Expert to the U.N. Sub-commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. She has held a number of appointed positions, among them, staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; chairwoman of the National Commission on Migrant Education; and White House Director of Public Liaison. She was also a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States between 1984 and 1986. Chavez was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Maryland in 1986.
Chavez has authored Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation. She also was editor of the prize-winning quarterly journal American Educator between 1977 and 1983, published by the American Federation of Teachers, where she also served as assistant to AFT president Al Shanker and assistant director of legislation.
Chavez serves on the board of directors of ABM Industries, Inc., as well as on boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Foundation for Teaching Economics and the Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was co-chair of the Council’s Committee on Diversity.
Chavez was born in Albuquerque, NM, in June 1947 and received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1970.
She is married and is the mother of three sons.