2013 Inductee - Linda Jiménez


2013 Inductee - Linda Jiménez

Politics/Government

Linda Jimenez is the eldest of three all born at the old Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Linda, her brother (Edward) and sister (Celia) attended schools in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Mountain View. Linda’s grandparents, Juan and Julia, brought her father and older sister at a young age from Aquas Caliente, Mexico to the United States. They were farmworkers following the crops in the Central Valley. Linda credits her grandparents for instilling in her strong work ethics. Her maternal grandparents affectionately named Yeyo and Chela owned a one room neighborhood grocery store on the outskirts of Mountain View. Yeyo was a minister who from time to time travelled to Mexico to preach the gospel and provide clothing and food to the poor. Lessons learned from her maternal grandparents were to be giving to others and always help those in need.

Linda credits her mother Dora, for demonstrating to her children by her actions how to get involved in community issues and standing up for causes you believe in. According to Linda, “my mother was a one person activist at a time when mothers stayed at home to cook and clean”. In 1990 Linda and her daughter Lisa relocated to Tracy. She commuted to Superior Court in San Jose where she was employed until 1993 when she accepted employment at California State University, Hayward to administer National Institutes of Health federally funded research grants that supported underrepresented students in the sciences. After over 16 years of administering research grant awards in excess of $13 million dollars and providing intern and scholarship opportunities to Latino students, Linda retired from her CSU Administrative Analyst position.

Linda has always been involved in politics from her early years in support of farmworkers rights. As a Tracy resident in 2004 she and others organized the first Democratic Club in Tracy. Linda served as the club’s secretary from 2004-2011 and was elected in 2012 and 2013 as the Club’s President. With the development of Mountain House she and a colleague mapped out the new area and solicited the help of Berkeley activists to walk Mountain House registering voters at their new residence. Linda has served as a District 5 Central Committee Member; elected two consecutive two-year terms as Vice Chair of the Democratic Central Committee; delegate to the California Democratic Party conventions; conducted candidate training for those seeking office; organized a congressional and state candidate forum in Tracy, and a candidate forum at her home for city council seats. She also has solicited and organized volunteers to walk precincts and phone bank for candidates.

Linda’s honors and memberships include the 2013 Assembly District 13 “Woman of the Year”; 2012 CSU East Bay Chicano Latino Staff & Faculty Association “Si Se Puede Excellence Award”; 2010 San Joaquin County Central Committee “Democrat of the Year”; 2009 Tracy “Democrat of the Year”. She chairs the City of Tracy Parks and Community Services Commission; a board member and secretary of the Micke Grove Zoological Society; California Chicano/Latino Caucus member; Latina Democratic Club of San Joaquin member; Tracy Latin Athletic Club member and numerous other organizations. Linda has campaigned for candidates who support the Latino community and is working for issues that address and benefit the needs of the Latino community throughout San Joaquin County from Lodi and Linden to Ripon.