Linda Shipley

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Senior Associate Director

Biography

As Senior Associate Director of the Urban Institute, Linda focuses on the establishment of policies and programs and maintains supervisory responsibility for Institute program staff.   She has more than 35 years of experience working on issues of educational and workforce access and community development for low-income youth and minorities.  

From 1975 to 1986 she worked on numerous employment and training efforts including programs for adolescent parents and disadvantaged youth and non-traditional jobs for women.  Between 1986 and 1996 her volunteer efforts provided support for Charlotte area programs for youth, including church-sponsored   and public school programs designed to increase the success of targeted groups  in the educational system and in transitioning to the workforce.  From 1996 to 2007, Linda worked on the development and administration of education programs, including a school-based pilot project which matches successful high-school students as mentors with elementary students that are experiencing difficulty in the educational system.  She has worked for the Research Triangle Institute ; MDC, Inc; Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the Saint Francis Jobs Program; the Levine Museum of the New South and the NC departments of Employment of Training, Community Employment, and Natural and Economic Resources.  
 

Education

She received her B.A. in Economics and M.A. in City and Regional Planning from UNC.

 

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 28, 2012
    Two of UNC Charlotte’s most visible institutes are merging to create a combined center with unparalleled research capacity to address social issues in the Charlotte region. On March 8, the Institute for Social Capital (ISC) board of directors and UNC Charlotte agreed to merge the ISC staff and operations into the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the university’s oldest applied research center.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 10, 2012
    In September 2009, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to assess the need for a workforce development program for youth in the community and recommend any changes that should be made to put its fledgling Youth Job Connection program on the right track.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 10, 2012
    In September 2009, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to assess the need for a workforce development program for youth in the community and recommend any changes that should be made to put its fledgling Youth Job Connection program on the right track.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 10, 2011
    Charlotte is a city of transplants and has been for years. But in these trying economic times are people continuing to move here?  You’d better believe it.  In 2010, more than 65,000 people moved to Mecklenburg County from somewhere else – the equivalent of the whole city of Rock Hill moving over the state line. Who are these newcomers and where do they come from? Find out, and view a slide-show presentation of other economic and demographic analysis from the institute's researchers.  
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 02, 2011
    In June 2010, United Way of Central Carolinas commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment for its five-county service area.  The primary purpose of the study was to pinpoint the community’s greatest needs and identify gaps in the current...
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 23, 2011
    Just over a year ago, the United Way of Central Carolinas (UWCC) partnered with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a region-wide community needs assessment.  The Executive Summary of the report for this study was released online and at community meetings several weeks ago, and now...
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 23, 2011
    In June 2010, United Way of Central Carolinas commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment for its five-county service area.  The primary purpose of the study was to pinpoint the community’s greatest needs and identify gaps in the current...
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 16, 2011
    The Larry King Center (LKC) of the Council for Children’s Rights recently released a plan for improving school readiness for the children in Mecklenburg County. “Unlocking the Potential of a Community: The Plan for School Readiness” is based on data, research, and input from six action teams comprised of community leaders, agency directors, and parents of young children.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 09, 2011
    In June, 2010, The United Way of Central Carolinas (UWCC) teamed up with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to create a regional community needs assessment.  Just completed, the needs assessment is part of a broader effort to redefine the organization to be more in concert with the...
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 08, 2011
    In June 2010, United Way of Central Carolinas commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment for its five-county service area.  The primary purpose of the study was to pinpoint the community’s greatest needs and identify gaps in the current...