Linda Hooper, The Samburu Project Executive Director

After more than 25 years…

as the Director of the Manny Silverman Gallery, where she curated exhibitions, collaborated with artists and artists' estates, museum academics and collectors, Linda is now dedicating her talents to The Samburu Project (TSP) full time as the Executive Director. 

An avid traveler, Linda visited Kenya for the first time in 2005 when she was touched by the daily efforts that women and children endure just to procure water. In the years that followed, Linda looked for an organization to work with that would directly effect a change to this very basic problem.

In 2010, Linda attended The Samburu Project's 25 Wells Celebration and never looked back. She became very involved with TSP initially as a volunteer and organized the Art Meets Africa event benefiting TSP. She then became a board member (2012) and eventually became the Board Chair (2013-2015). Linda spearheaded The Face of Water: An Exhibition of Photography and initiated From Seely to Samburu, an educational and fundraising program for K-6th grade students in Scarsdale, New York.  Linda also lent her time and efforts to assist with other TSP events and fundraisers, including: the annual Walk for Water; the Forever21 launch event; and the annual Splash Bash gala and art auction.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles.  During her tenure as Board Chair of The Samburu Project, Linda attended the Annenberg Foundation's Alchemy program for non profit leadership. Linda became the second Executive Director of The Samburu Project in early 2016.