Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a non-profit public policy research organization. She also writes a weekly syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country, is a political analyst for FOX News Channel, and hosts a nationally syndicated, daily radio show on Liberty Broadcasting. Read More >
She is author of Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation, which the Denver Post said, “should explode the stereotypes about Hispanics that have clouded the minds of patronizing liberals and xenophobic conservatives alike.” National Review described Chavez’s memoir, An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal, as a “brilliant, provocative, and moving book.” Her latest book, Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics describes how unions divert hundreds of millions of dollars into political campaigns, often without their members’ knowledge or permission, and the public policy consequences that ensue.
In 2000, Chavez was honored by the Library of Congress as a “Living Legend” for her contributions to America’s cultural and historical legacy. In January 2001, Chavez was President George W. Bush’s nominee for Secretary of Labor until she withdrew her name from consideration.
Chavez has held a number of appointed positions, among them Chairman, National Commission on Migrant Education; White House Director of Public Liaison; Staff Director of the US Commission on Civil Rights; and she was a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. She was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Maryland in 1986. In 1992, she was elected by the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission to serve as US Expert to the UN Sub-commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. She was editor of the prize-winning journal American Educator, published by the American Federation of Teachers and served as Assistant Director of Legislation.
Chavez serves on the Board of Directors of ABM Industries, Inc., Pilgrim’s Pride, and IDT Capital, a subsidiary of IDT Corporation, as well as on boards of several non-profit organizations. She also chairs the Latino Alliance, a federally registered political action committee and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was Co-Chair of the Council’s Committee on Diversity. Read Less ^