Linda Steele

Linda Steele

Senior Program Officer for Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

As the Senior Program Officer for Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Linda Steele leads the work funded by the Truist Foundation in partnership with Living Cities. She is excited to serve entrepreneurs throughout the southeast in building a sustainable network of supporting organizations, institutions, and individuals.

Linda founded ArtUp, an idea stage incubator and business accelerator that breaks down barriers to the creative economy; nurtures ideas that drive social change; and launches artists into entrepreneurship. She has also used her entrepreneurial expertise in the past to help open the first arts-based private pre-school in Park Slope, Brooklyn and launch art exhibitions in upscale Manhattan apartments for sale. She has served in leadership positions at Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Cool Culture, Inc., and has an extensive background in youth development and education. She is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University.