Linda Holterhoff, who has served as the Executive Director for Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB) since 1994, has announced she will retire at the end of February, 2016.
Linda began her career in litter prevention and beautification in 1981 as Clean Cincinnati’s Education Program Manager. In 1988 she moved to the position of Recycling Program Manager where she developed and implemented a citywide curbside recycling program for Cincinnati. With a career move as Business Developer for BFI Waste Systems, she maintained her relationship with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. In 1994 she returned as the Executive Director and instituted its name change to Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to more closely align the organization with Keep America Beautiful.
Alan B. Linder, President & CEO of United Dairy Farmers and Board Chairman for Keep Cincinnati Beautiful said, “A measure of Linda’s leadership and focus on strong programming has earned Keep Cincinnati Beautiful many awards, most notably a 15 year winning streak as a national award winner with Keep America Beautiful. During her tenure, Linda has successfully shepherded the growth of KCB by embracing many Keep America Beautiful projects, developing a strong environmental education program for the schools, and harnessing and motivating tens of thousands of volunteers over the years.”
“Keep America Beautiful’s ideals have always struck a deep cord in me, “ said Linda Holterhoff. “I’m proud of building a team of individuals who truly want to make a change in this beautiful City of ours. I know they will continue to work in areas where we are most needed.”
Many of the innovative, award winning programs Linda helped establish include: Daffodils & Daylilies Highway Beautification; Project 180 Degrees (the city’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program); “Don’t Trash The ‘Nati’ (Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s public awareness campaign); and KCB’s newest Arts Program (formerly known as Future Blooms), which has merged into a more comprehensive Urban Revitalization Initiative.
“Thanks to her work, KCB is well positioned for its next phase of leadership,” said Lindner. “On a personal note, Linda’s announcement is bittersweet. I have had the privilege to work side by side with Linda as a board member for 3 years and as the Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Board Chairman for the last 8 years. Her shoes will be difficult to fill. Linda’s knowledge, passion & energy will be dearly missed.”
The board is currently taking steps towards its succession plan and will conduct a search for Linda’s successor this fall. More information can be found on the Keep Cincinnati Beautiful website.