Linda Alvarez has dedicated her life to helping and advocating for individuals with disabilities. She was born and reared on the family farm in Salem, New Mexico, and was educated in the Hatch Valley Public Schools. She was a happy, barefoot, free-spirit growing up on the farm and was never silenced…except for in church! She has used that uninhibited skill to assist others in their defense for a better life.
She earned a B.A. in Public Administration from the College of Santa Fe and Paralegal Certification from the University of MD-School of Law. She is currently familiarizing herself with the business operations of the Village of Hatch in preparation for her run as Mayor. In addition, she continues her studies in public policy, organizational leadership, community planning and development.
She began her career as the executive assistant to the Commissioner for the Social Security Administration, and worked as a paralegal for the Medicaid/Medicare Administrator. In 1984, she founded a case management agency coordinating supports and services for individuals with disabilities. She was a Stakeholder in the creation of the Mi Via Program, a self-directed State-Operated Program for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. Currently, Linda is expanding her case management services to the general population. She is the Co-VP Chair, SW Region, for the NM Arc. She is a 2017 graduate of Emerge NM…the premier training program for Democratic Women.
She is a music enthusiast, loves organic farming, politics, running, swimming and cycling. She is currently training for the 2018 Bataan Death March Marathon.