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Linda L. Ford, M.A.

Executive Director


Linda has more than 30 years' experience in fundraising and leadership at medical centers in Colorado and across the nation. She comes to Denver Health from her role as CEO of the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation, a community health care system in California, where she has been responsible for all fundraising and development efforts. Prior to this role she successfully led organizations in raising millions of dollars in philanthropic donations. She has worked in a range of different health care organizations, including safety-net hospitals and academic medical centers. Significantly, Linda developed and led the $250M campaign to relocate the University of Colorado Hospital (now Anschutz Medical Campus) to the former Fitzsimmons Army Base. She led the team that successfully solicited a $25M gift from The Anschutz Foundation, the largest gift in Colorado history at the time, and increased University of Colorado Hospitals philanthropic efforts from $200,000 to $52M in five years.

In addition to success in fundraising, Linda has led a number of strategic development initiatives for the organizations in which she has served. She led and oversaw the acclaimed Indigenous Interpreting II+, a service of Natividad Medical Foundation, specializing in training indigenous native speakers from Mexico and Central America to serve patients and the community.

Linda gained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University, New York, and received a Master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado.