NELSON + SUE ANDREWS
INSTITUTE FOR CIVIC
Over a thirty-year career, Linda Peek Schacht has held the top communications position for USA Today, the US Senate Majority Leader, and The Coca-Cola Company.
She is the founding executive director of the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership launched in 2010 at Lipscomb University.
Peek Schacht was a senior fellow from 2002-2006 at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and led the organizational and political communication department at Emerson College 2004-2007.
For over a decade at The Coca-Cola Company in New York and Atlanta, she advised three chairmen on communication, represented the company at the World Economic Forum and helped shape the corporate social responsibility movement before retiring as vice president, global communications and public affairs strategy in 2002.
A Carter White House press officer and campaign press secretary for the 1980 presidential re-election campaign, she was later communications director for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee and spokesperson for the Majority Leader, where she staffed several bipartisan Senate delegations and played key communication roles in four Democratic conventions.
The first public affairs director of USA Today, she has been a long time board member of the International Women's Media Foundation. She is a graduate of Lipscomb University and The Ohio State University.
She is the widow of sports artist and writer Mike Schacht.