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Linda Lindamood, VP Operations

Linda Lindamood

VP, Operations

Linda Lindamood is the Senior Vice President of Operations for the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games. Her affinity for water activities and family camping underscores a strong connection to the outdoors–luckily, our Minnesota operation has opportunities for both of those in spades! With 35 years of experience in the hospitality and events industry, she brings a comprehensive approach to event planning and production, extending across multiple industries.

First Watch Strategies & Events, a D.C. based large-scale special event firm where Linda serves as founder and CEO, excels in managing safe and enjoyable event experiences. Her expertise in event readiness, emergency management, and liaising with various public and private organizations is unparalleled. Linda has been responsible for heading events such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and thankfully for us, spearheading operations at the 2022 USA Games.

My hopes and dreams for the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games are that everyone who competes in, attends, or supports the 2026 USA Games has the safest, most meaningful, and amazing experience ever!

Linda has been involved with Special Olympics since high school, offering her talents as a volunteer and supporter. Her commitment to building a diverse and inclusive world by serving others is apparent in her work, and she hopes everyone involved in the 2026 Games has the safest and most meaningful experience possible.

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