Linda S. Wah is a life-long champion for public education. Her three children attended Alhambra and Montebello Unified School Districts. As an alumna of several community colleges herself, she encouraged her children to also attend community college upon graduating from high school. Linda’s passion and support for Pasadena City College (PCC) was heightened as a result of her personal experience when both her children, Marc and Irene attended and blossomed after graduating from PCC.
In September 2010, Linda was appointed to serve as Pasadena City College Area 5 Trustee. Area 5 includes the cities of San Marino, South Pasadena, and Temple City. In 2011, the voters overwhelmingly approved of the job that Linda is doing and they reelected her to serve another term.
Linda has always put students first, and increasing college access has been her highest priority. She helped to promote the availability of community college classes in high schools through the establishment of “Dual Enrollment.” This program accelerates college completion by enabling high school students to enroll at Pasadena City College. Dual Enrollment not only reduces time to degree, but also cuts two years of tuition for a higher education degree. In addition, Linda has been a strong advocate of the Pasadena City College Promise program which provides two years of a high-quality, tuition free education for all first-time, full-time students, regardless of age, income or immigration status.
Linda supports a college that provides services for all its students. And she is proud that today PCC is known as a college that offers learning opportunities for constituents of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, including first-generation, under-resourced students, Dreamers, and adult learners, all with aspirations to finish a PCC degree and pursue a career. To ensure that Pasadena closes the academic achievement gap between K-12 and higher education, her priority has been that PCC serves as a solid learning pathway for students seeking transfer to four-year colleges or universities, while also offering two-year degrees and certificated training programs to the region’s diverse workforce in many specialized trades and professions.
Today, our communities have benefitted under Linda’s unifying leadership. Her history of steadfast advocacy have built lasting partnerships between PCC and our communities. Beyond her dedication to the College, Linda has a deep commitment to serving the local community. She has more than thirty years of volunteer experience serving on numerous boards and committees. In 2019, her statewide peers voted her to serve as the President of California Community College Trustees (CCCT). In this role she was instrumental in establishing the California Community College Women’s Caucus (CCCWC) which aims to unify and support women from across California Community Colleges. Linda has also fought for fair employment and fair pay issues for women, Anti-Asian-American and Pacific-Islander community issues. She has served on several California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA) Boards, including the Cal State LA Alumni Board, CSULA Charter College of Education, CSULA Business School Advisory Board, and the CSULA President’s Advisory Council. She currently serves on the Pasadena City College President's Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory committee.
Linda holds two degrees from California State University of Los Angeles, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Information Systems, and a Masters of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. Additionally, she studied at the University of California, Riverside, the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, and she is an alumna of various community colleges including Riverside Community College, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and East Los Angeles College.
Linda lives in San Marino with her husband, James. They have three children, Rick, Marc, and Irene.