After receiving more votes than any other candidate, Linda Milhaven began her term on the Scottsdale City Council in January 2011. When re-elected in 2014, Linda again received the most votes in the City Council election in recognition of her strong stances for neighborhoods, fiscal responsibility and a diverse local economy.
As a more than 30-year veteran of the banking business, Linda brings much needed knowledge and expertise on fiscal policy and management, and also a keen understanding of the issues and challenges impacting our local economy and small businesses. Employing her analytical skills and quick critical thinking, she ensures that taxpayer money is wisely spent, decisions are fiscally responsible and thoughtfully made.
Linda moved to Arizona in 1974. After graduating from Paradise Valley High School, she earned a BA from Wellesley College, an MBA from Columbia University, and began her career in banking. Working her way up the ranks, Linda served as president of Scottsdale Community Bank for 12 years.
In 1989, Linda purchased her home in McCormick Ranch where she experiences first-hand the value of quality planning, strong neighborhoods, close knit community and beloved local schools. Building on her own experience, Linda has been a staunch supporter of our unique neighborhoods and character areas. In one of her proudest accomplishments on Council she worked on behalf of the owners at the Optima and Waterfront to reduce the allowed height and density in the redevelopment of Scottsdale Fashion Square, feasibly the most impactful redevelopment project to face Downtown Scottsdale.
Linda has a long history of service to the community and has been recognized for her many contributions.
She joined the local Board of the Better Business Bureau in 1990. During her 20 years of service, she rose to Board Chair, and was elected to the National Board and Executive Committee. For her service to the National Board, Linda earned the Meritorious Service Award.
Linda began her service to the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and rose to Board Chair. As a member of Chamber leadership, she helped lead the effort to create the independent Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, which had previously been part of the Chamber. Linda earned the Segner Award for Volunteerism and the Chairman’s Award for her service to the Chamber.
As a member of the Board of Trustees for the Scottsdale Cultural Council, Linda also served as Board Chair. During her tenure, the Council completed a Community Arts Assessment, surveying over 2,500 residents. The Assessment served as a foundation for their Strategic Plan and ensured that the Plan addressed the needs and desires of the community.
Linda’s professional and community involvement has centered on managing through change, working collaboratively and creating a clear strategic vision.
Linda is committed to all of Scottsdale – the organizations that bring our cultural heritage alive, that keep our business community thriving, and that safeguard neighborhoods and special places that make Scottsdale the wonderful community we call home. She is a fierce advocate for public safety and citizen services while bringing responsible fiscal discipline to her policy making decisions. She is a much-needed voice for you on the Scottsdale City Council.
Linda’s additional community service activities and awards include
- Scottsdale Leadership is committed to developing community leaders. Linda was a member of Class 8, recognized with the Frank B. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award and was a member of the Advisory Committee
- Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) improves the lives of individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Linda is a member of the Advisory Committee and received the STARS Humanitarian Award
- Scottsdale Education Foundation was committed to supporting the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD). Linda was a Board Member and earned the Outstanding Board Member Award
- Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority is committed to expanding economic development and business enterprise in Scottsdale
- Appointed by the Scottsdale City Council, Linda served as a Member of the Board of Directors and as its president
- The Women of Scottsdale named Linda their “Woman of the Year” in 2002
- Linda is a Republican and a Precinct Committeeman in Legislative District 23
EXPERIENCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- • 12 Years Community Banking President
- • Better Business Bureau, Past Chair
- • Scottsdale Leadership Graduate and Advisory Committee Member, Alumni Achievement Award
- • Scottsdale Cultural Council, Former Board Chair
- • Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Former Board Chair
- • STARS Advisory Committee Member
- • Scottsdale Education Foundation, Former Board Member
- • Women of Scottsdale, Woman of the Year 2002
- • Industrial Development Authority, City of Scottsdale, Past President