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Charleston Pride has named Linda Ketner as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Charleston Pride Parade Charleston Pride has named Linda Ketner as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Charleston Pride Parade
Linda is President of KSI, a firm specializing in leadership and management development. Linda is President of KSI, a firm specializing in leadership and management development.

Press Release - Charleston Pride has named Linda Ketner as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Charleston Pride Parade which will take place in downtown Charleston at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Linda is President of KSI, a firm specializing in leadership and management development.  She was the 2008 Democratic nominee for United States Congress, District 1, South Carolina.  She took 48% of the vote, narrowly losing to a 4-term incumbent in a District which had been Republican for the previous 28 years.  She holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and an M.A. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  She received an Angier B. Duke fellowship for Ph.D. work, transferred to Emory University, and entered the job market before completing doctoral degree requirements.

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Active in her community, she has served as President of The Community Foundation, President of Charleston Interfaith Crisis Ministry, Chair of the Mayor's Council On Homelessness and Affordable Housing, Chair of the S.C. Housing Trust Fund, Founder of South Carolina Citizens For Housing, Founder of Women Making A Difference, and served on the boards of the Hollings Cancer Center, Health Sciences Foundation, and the YWCA of the USA.  She is Founder and past President of Alliance for Full Acceptance and S.C. Equality Coalition and is on the boards of the Riley Institute for Public Policy, College of Charleston Women and Gender Studies and the International African American Museum.  Having established the Women's Fund, Ketner Fund and Fund for Social Justice, she oversees grants to community organizations working for solutions to social problems.

Ms. Ketner is an enthusiastic Renaissance Weekend Participant, Leadership America graduate and was honored with the national Salute to Citizenship Award, South Carolina Woman of Valor Award, Girl Scout Woman of Distinction Award, the South Carolina Housing Achievement Award, The Malcolm D. Haven Award for Community Service, SCHA Woman of the Year, YWCA Lifetime Achievement, Center for Women Foundation Award, and Palmetto Pride Award.  She is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Columbia College, as well as the NAACP, J. Arthur Brown Award for Outstanding Service; NAACP Friend of Distinction Award and, the Urban League Arthur J. Clement Award For Race Relations.

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