Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter
Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter is a lifelong resident of the city of Plainfield. The youngest of her siblings, she graduated from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Freeholder Carter also holds a Master of Science degree in Management, Information Management from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.
Freeholder Carter is the first African American woman to serve as Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Last year, she served as Vice Chairman of the Freeholder Board, and also on the County’s Fiscal, Homeland and Shared Services Committees. She is also a commissioner of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and a commissioner of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority.
Prior to her election in 2010 to the Freeholder Board, Carter served as Councilwoman at large for the First and Fourth wards in the city of Plainfield. In the second year of her first term she held the position of Council President and has Chaired the Committee of the Whole for three years. She has served as the liaison for the City Council to the Housing Authority, the Board of Education and the Cable Advisory Board. She also chaired the Public Safety Committee and the Neighborhood and City Services Committee.
With a focus on assisting young people and senior citizens, Freeholder Carter has received numerous awards for leadership, professional accomplishments and community involvement including The New Jersey Minority Achievers Award and the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Greater Union County Chapter Community Leaders Hall of Fame award. She has served on the Plainfield Teen Parenting Board and has worked as a volunteer with the YMCA for more than 17 years. Among other contributions to the Plainfield community she has been a volunteer mentor and a Big Sister, and has helped to ensure that homeless persons receive food.
Currently Freeholder Carter is employed by the Passaic Board of Education as a High School Business Education Teacher, and she has also served as Head Cheerleading Coach at Passaic High School.
Prior to her career in education, she worked for AT&T in Access Management of the CFO Division. In that capacity she worked with business units to deliver results of Actual spending versus Budget spending, and handled monthly budget reporting. She also worked for AT &T Credit Communication Systems as Portfolio Asset Manager handling end to end leasing for clients within the Eastern Region.
She is a member of the NJ Board of Realtors and has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for more than 25 years, where she has served in many leadership positions including President of the Plainfield Chapter for four terms.