Linda L. Robertson joined Johns Hopkins in September 2002 in the new position of vice president for government, community and public affairs. In June 2003, she was named to the additional title of vice president for government affairs and community relations at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Robertson's position was created to provide a strategic focus for Johns Hopkins' relationships with neighboring communities; with local, state and federal governments; and with broader public audiences nationally and internationally.
She is responsible for government and community affairs for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System, and for communications and public affairs for the university.
Before coming to Johns Hopkins, Robertson had spent more than 25 years working on federal legislative issues in both government and private sector positions. She spent eight years in senior positions at the Treasury Department, working for three secretaries: Lloyd Bentsen, Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers. She joined the department in 1993 as a deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs, rising to assistant secretary for legislative and public liaison and then senior adviser to the secretary. She led the Clinton administration's congressional efforts to replenish the International Monetary Fund and to provide U.S. funding for Third World debt relief. She led the effort to enact the first overhaul of federal financial services industry law in 60 years and coordinated Treasury's legislative efforts to restructure the Internal Revenue Service.
She won the department's highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award, traditionally reserved for the secretary and deputy secretary. In 1999, she received the Ida B. Well-Barnett Achievement Award, one of six awards given to women leaders throughout the federal government for exceptional service.
At other times in her career, Robertson has worked as a House of Representatives staff member and as a lobbyist focused on tax, energy, technology, finance and corporate issues.
She is a 1976 graduate of Southern Illinois University, and earned a law degree at the University of Tulsa in 1979. She also received a master of law degree in taxation from Georgetown University in 1986.