Linda Shropshire

Community Investment Committee Co-Chair
  • Company / Agency:

    Corporate Social Responsibility, Global Lead Human Rights - Cisco

Linda Shropshire Grissom is a North Carolina native, hailing from the Queen City - Charlotte. She came to the Triangle in 1984 to attend North Carolina State University and with the exception of brief stints in Boca Raton, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, the Triangle area has been home for over 30 years. Currently, Linda lives in Durham and is the Global Lead for Human Rights at Cisco Systems. When asked how a low-tech person like herself works for one of the largest high tech companies in the world Linda responds, “There are enough techies to go around. What I bring to the table is an authentic voice, a global perspective and a clear understanding of the human condition.” While she is enthused about her work, nothing gives Linda more joy than being mother to amazing daughters, Taylor (21) a graduating senior at Temple University and Sydney (18) a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. Linda holds a B.A.in International Relations and Business from North Carolina State University and also studied Italian language and culture at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. She serves on the board of directors for Book Harvest and she is former members of both the North Carolina Childcare Commission and the Durham Public Arts Advisory Committee. When not working, volunteering and performing the duties of “Mother-in-chief” Linda enjoys spending time at the ocean, the Durham Farmer’s Market, reading, drinking great coffee, cooking, and walks with her favorite miniature schnauzer, Kobe Jack.