Interview: Linda Sharpe '69, MIT Alumni President, 2013

Author(s): Linda Sharpe and Jean Choi
  • Type: Oral History
  • Researcher: Other Researchers
  • Timeline: 2010s
  • Affiliation: Alum

Interview conducted with an MIT alumna as part of the Margaret MacVicar Memorial AMITA (Association of MIT Alumnae) Oral History Project. The purpose of the project is to document the life histories of women graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About the Interviewee

Linda Carolyn Sharpe '69 earned a Bachelors in Political Science from MIT in 1969. From 1970 to 1975, she remained at MIT, completing PhD coursework and exams in the field with a focus on policy studies, operations research, and systems engineering with a focus on quantitative methods applied to domestic and international urban economic development.

She is currently a Transportation Program Analyst at DIGITALiBiz, Inc.

A co-founder of the MIT Black Students' Union and the first African American woman to serve as president of the MIT Alumni/ae Association, Sharpe continues to serve the MIT community in a variety of capacities:

  • Member, Educational Council (June 1992 - June 2019)
  • Vice-President, Class of 1969 (July 2014 - June 2019)
  • Member, Board Governance ad hoc Committee (July 2018 - June 2019)
  • Reunion Ambassador, Class Reunion Committee (July 2018 - June 2019)
  • Committee Member, BAMIT Capstone Event Committee (2018)
  • Member, MIT Corporation (2000-10)
  • President, MIT Alumni Association (2004-05)
  • Black Alumni of MIT Life Member (1999)
  • Bronze Beaver Award (1999)
  • Harold E. Lobdell ’17 Distinguished Service Award (1996)


Photo: Alan Kranin, MIT Class of 1969 35th Reunion, 6 June 2004

Linda C. Sharpe, interview by Jean Choi, Margaret MacVicar Memorial AMITA (Association of MIT Alumnae) Oral History Project. 13 April 2013.