Linda Spencer is currently an
Assistant Director of Career Services at Harvard University, as well
as a married mother of two children. Spencer was born and raised on
welfare in Boston's inner city. She received a BA degree from
Dartmouth College, an MEd from Tufts University and an MSW from
Boston College. Previous occupations include corporate account
executive, director of African Adventures at an overseas adventure
travel company and clinical social worker.
In December 1999, Spencer was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and
underwent a thyroidectomy the following January. She received
radioactive iodine treatments in May 2000, and is now completely
cancer free. In September 2000, a mere eight months after being
diagnosed with cancer, she successfully reached the summit of Mt.
The three adjectives Spencer uses to describe herself include
adventurous, competitive and determined. She is a member of the
Appalachian Mountain Club, Sierra Club, American Alpine Club, Career
Counselors Consortium, Blackpack and is a former member of the
Coalition of 100 Black Women.
Spencer's hobbies include mountain climbing, ice climbing, winter
camping, international travel, spinning and yoga. She also enjoys
in-line skating, and has completed a race from Athens to Atlanta,
Georgia, covering 85 miles. She has traveled to over 28 countries on
4 continents, including two summers spent in rural African villages
with no electricity or running water.
Linda Spencer currently lives in Boston with her
husband Jim and two children, Jared, 11 and Jenna, 9. Her birth date
is January 1.