Linda Hoeschler

Linda L. Hoeschler consults with non-profit organizations on management, program design and organizational positioning. Her extensive business experience has focused on reorganizing and building organizations.

From May, 1991 through July, 2003, she was Executive Director of the St. Paul-based American Composers Forum, which she led from its position as a regional arts group to become the largest composer service organization in the United States. 

Prior to joining the Forum, Hoeschler worked for 14 years in the corporate sector, including roles as vice president of the Dayton Hudson (now Target) Corporation, group vice president of National Computer Systems, and president of Landmark Investors, Ltd.  From 1976 to 1977 she directed the Minnesota Governor's Commission on the Arts, and for the seven previous years she worked as writer, editor and arts critic for several Twin Cities newspapers and magazines.

Hoeschler has served on several business and many charitable boards over the years. She currently serves as trustee for the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, St. John's University, Collegeville Institute, Northwest Area Foundation, and Delegation for Friendship Among Women (President).

She was also a member of the Minnesota Governor's Commission on Education (Committee Chair), North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (Vice Chair), and the National Education Policy Information Center.

Prior board memberships include the Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable (President), Lark String Quartet (President), American Council for the Arts (Treasurer), Jerome Foundation (Treasurer), Milkweed Editions (Chair), Chamber Music America, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ordway Music Theatre, Minnesota Dance Theater, VocalEssence, Landmark Center, Madison Council of the Library of Congress, United Theological Seminary and University of St. Thomas (Executive Committee). She was also a company board member of Personnel Decisions Research, Inc. and the Gift Certificate Company.

Hoeschler is an honors graduate of Barnard College, and a Herbert Lehman Fellow at the New School University where she received her M.A. with highest honors.  She was twice awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, by St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota in May, 2003, and by the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in July, 2003.