Linda Wills has promoted vibrant, sustainable communities throughout a career that spans nearly three decades. Linda currently holds the position of Senior Staff Planner with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC), a regional planning commission that has planning and zoning authority over the Hackensack Meadowlands District. The 30 square-mile District, located just over five miles west of New York City in northern New Jersey, largely consists of wetlands, the Hackensack River and its tributaries, industry, and transportation uses. During her tenure with the NJMC, Linda has served as the project manager for the Commission's first new master plan in over thirty years, as well as a USEPA Brownfields Demonstration Pilot. She is presently coordinating the preparation of a brownfield and grayfield inventory for the District. Additionally, Linda has developed the concept for the NJMC's Sustainable Meadowlands initiative, which includes a mechanism for monitoring the District's progress towards achieving sustainability and successfully implementing the new master plan. Linda is also a member of New Jersey's Grayfields Task Force.
Before coming to the NJMC, Linda held several planning and management positions with the State of Wisconsin and municipalities in New Jersey. She has extensive experience in the areas of land use, housing and community development, economic development, social services, and budgeting. Linda is a licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey with certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration, both conferred by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.