Linda Hoffner, a resident of Bellevue, Washington, is a Senior Property Manager of Commercial Real Estate, a loving mother to sons Parker (16) and Coleton (7), and dedicated wife to her wonderful husband Andrew Hoffner.
Linda was born in Chablis, France to her French father and American mother, giving her dual citizenship in both countries. Linda moved to the United States as a toddler and ended up on Camano Island, Washington at the age of six with her mother and stepfather. Spending her formative years growing up in this small beach town gave Linda the desire to dream big and pursue lofty goals that would allow her to make an impact and give back in some way. At the age of sixteen Linda decided that in order to reach her goals, she needed to expedite her education, leading to her entering Running Start and completing her first two years of college while still in high school. She even went so far as to become emancipated from her parents so that she could learn to be fully responsible for herself. Linda went on to graduate from the University of Washington two years before her peers and was able to maintain honor roll grades while working full time and supporting herself financially.
After dealing with the challenges of some life-changing events, Linda started a new career in Commercial Real Estate in 2008 during the downturn of the economy. It was in this new career that Linda met her husband Andrew in 2010 and instantly knew she’d met her match! Andrew welcomed Linda’s son from a previous marriage (Parker) into his life as his own and together Linda and Andrew have built a beautiful family, welcoming their son Coleton in 2013. After nine years of marriage, Linda and Andrew still banter over which alma mater is superior - the University of Washington Huskies or the Washington State Cougars! The family has coined themselves “The Cougskies” because of their house divided!
In 2019 Linda found the Mrs. Washington America pageant while researching women’s empowerment topics for a Women’s Leadership Committee she was a Founding Member of within her company. She was surprised to find that there was a prestigious pageant focused on community service for married women and knew she had to be a part of it! After placing top ten in her first year, Linda returned in 2020 on a mission to be even more bold, brave, and focused than the year before. Those efforts paid off and Linda is honored and humbled to represent Washington State as Mrs. Washington America 2020!
With this new title, Linda is focused on supporting communities throughout the state of Washington and finding unique and creative ways to be involved and give back during the COVID pandemic. Linda has supported hard hit tourist communities like Leavenworth by fundraising for food donations to the local food bank. She is also a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity and even raised enough money to repel off the side of a building in Spokane in a ballgown to show her support. She also procured a sponsor for a team of 8 current and former Queens to participate in Habitat King-County’s Women Build event where the ladies wore tool belts and framed houses for a new development project. On a national level, Linda is passionate about supporting Victoria’s Voice and the Victoria Siegel Foundation which is fighting the opioid crisis in America. As the mother of a teenage son, she is acutely aware of the challenges and pressures teens face and is working with teens on how to manage the stress and anxiety of the current climate through positive outlets.
Linda’s personal focus is on bridging the equity gap for women in the workplace with her platform of “Corporate Crowns.” She believes that when women are invited to a seat at the table in the decision-making at the corporate level, new diverse perspectives and innovative ideas are born. Gender diversity can translate to increased productivity, profitability, and higher employee retention and satisfaction. When we empower women, we empower everyone!
A favorite quote of Linda’s comes from the beloved Mahatma Gandhi - “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” We all have the ability to make a difference in some small way, and Linda feels blessed to have the opportunity to impact her community and state as Mrs. Washington America 2020.