Linzey Powers joined PBRC in 2017 and serves as our Development Director. Linzey oversees PBRC’s fundraising efforts, building relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations who share our vision of access to justice for all.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the small town of East Palestine, Ohio, about half a mile from the Pennsylvania border and not too far from West Virginia.
What brought you to Maryland/Baltimore?
My husband got a job in Baltimore, so we moved here from New Orleans in 2014.
Where did you go to school and what was your major/focus?
I attended Kenyon College where I majored in political science, with an emphasis on political philosophy. I also attended graduate school at Tulane University and got an M.A. in history. Teaching an undergraduate survey course, “U.S. History 1865-Present,” made me realize I did NOT want to be a professor!
What are your interests/hobbies?
Reading, vegetable gardening, reading, home renovations, reading, fermenting stuff (I jumped on the quarantine bandwagon to start making my own kombucha and my own sourdough bread), reading, yoga, and did I mention reading? My dad is building me a hive so I can start beekeeping. I’d love to have chickens too, but so far my husband is resistant.
How did you connect with PBRC?
A friend who works in the legal services community saw the job posting and suggested I apply.
What were you doing prior to working here?
Before coming to PBRC, I was the Director of Institutional Giving at the National Aquarium. Prior to that, I was the Grants Manager at New Orleans City Park during the Hurricane Katrina recovery period. I’ve had tons of different jobs, from cleaning crew to retail to college instructor to library staff (and more).
What do you do at PBRC?
I am PBRC’s Development Director. I help interested individuals and organizations make a difference for families in need by contributing to PBRC. Together with our Executive Director, the board, and staff, I help make sure we meet our budgetary requirements so we can help the most people possible.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My kids, a 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, are turning out to be pretty awesome! I don’t think I can take all the credit, though.
What motivates you?
Crossing items off a to-do list!
What has been your most meaningful experience with PBRC?
I am amazed at the tremendous response of our donors to the uncertainties of the pandemic. These are challenging times for so many people; when it is tempting to hunker down and preserve your own resources. Yet our supporters continue to think of others and support life changing legal assistance.
What sets PBRC apart in your mind?
PBRC has some of the most dedicated staff I’ve ever encountered. Every single staff member is committed to the mission and the work. The way everyone worked together to shift our services during the COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest example of this commitment—our staff were creative, thoughtful, and responsive to the communities we serve. We had remote clinics and trainings up and running incredibly quickly, each tailored to be accessible and easy for both clients and volunteers. The staff continues to modify and adjust our services as needed, so that every client and volunteer experience is the best it can be.
I also appreciate that PBRC, as an organization, is truly focused on the bottom-line issues of access to justice and helping others. There is so much work we do, assistance we provide to other legal services organizations and to attorneys across Maryland, that is unseen and unrecognized—but it has a huge impact.
Tell us something random about yourself.
In some ways, I’ve had a Forrest Gump kind of life. After growing up in a town with six stoplights, I lived in Washington, D.C. during the sniper attacks, anthrax, and 9/11. I met the President, Vice President, a Supreme Court Justice, and all sorts of movers and shakers. I moved to New Orleans where I went through Hurricane Katrina (and Rita, Gustav, Ike, and others; a tornado hitting our apartment building; and stories of dodging those storms that you wouldn’t believe). Of course, life in New Orleans can be quite surreal in general. Then, I moved to Baltimore just in time for the uprising. The situation was suspiciously quiet for a while, but then… well, you all know how 2020 goes.