BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Linda Lanier, Honorary Campaign Co-Chair
Linda joined CuriOdyssey as a volunteer in 1981 looking for a place to apply her energy and her interest in nature and animals. She chaired the Grand Opening of the new Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education and then was asked to join the Board of Trustees. She led the Wildlife Habitats Planning committee, following up to serve on the construction committee.
In 2006 the museum was on the verge of closing. Linda said, “Not on my watch!” Drawing on a deep well of personal connections and a rock-solid personal conviction that San Mateo’s children needed a place like Coyote Point Museum, Linda helped secure over $600,000 in six weeks and a single matching contribution to bring the total raised to over $1M, saving the museum from near certain destruction.
By 2011 CuriOdyssey’s aging building could no longer meet its mission. As an active member of the building task force and co-chair of The Campaign for CuriOdyssey with Kat Taylor, Linda helped raise over $27 million in support of an inspiring building that will be a showpiece for all of San Mateo. A thoughtful and collaborative leader, Linda was always able to draw out the best from her volunteer colleagues. She listened and acted. She was decisive and supportive. She led by example and with copious amounts of coffee and cookies.
While Linda may be retiring from her active role on the board, she will continue to remain involved as a Director Emeritus and will be serving with Congresswoman Jackie Speier as an Honorary Campaign Co-Chair.