Linda Singer will join the Fenty Administration as the
District of Columbia's Attorney General, bringing an extensive record of
social justice and public service with her.
Since 1993, she has served as executive director for
Appleseed, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a just
society. As its first full-time staff member, Singer spurred the growth
of Appleseed to an 18-office field operation with a staff of more than
70 and a national budget of more than $7.5 million.
Called "pro bono's new frontier" by American
Lawyer magazine, Appleseed's overall strategy was led by Singer who
built a strong expertise in organizational development and change,
having overseen the creation and support of Appleseed's network of local
field offices, including the DC Appleseed Center, which has become one
of the most respected and effective local advocacy organizations in the
Prior to joining Appleseed, Singer served for nearly
three years as a staff attorney in the Criminal Defense Division of the
Legal Aid Society in New York City, where she handled thousands of cases
in the trial court. She tried several felony cases, securing acquittals
in all. Singer was recognized for her work with the FILL IN fellowship.
After leaving Legal Aid, and before joining Appleseed, she worked on two
books with New York University law professor, Derrick Bell.
Singer has served as a board member and chair of the
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation in New York, which provides funding for
grassroots organizations working to advance environmental justice and
reproductive health care. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the
Family Economic Self Sufficient Program of Wider Opportunities for
Women. She has been an advocate on local school reform issues and
currently serves on the local school restructuring team at Northwest
Washington's Murch Elementary School, which her children attend.
She has been a member, in good standing, of the NY Bar
since 1992 and has a pending application before the DC Bar.
She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School
and of Harvard College. She is married to Joseph Sternlieb and has two
children, Erin and Lucas.