Linda Oestreich teaches Basics of Technical Editing and Critical Thinking for Communicators for UC San Diego Extension's Technical Communication Certificate Program.
Linda is an STC (Society for Technical Communication) Fellow and the 2007-2008 President of STC, where she served as board member at the international level of STC for more than 10 years. Linda recently retired from her position as the Project Manager for Talent and Leadership Development at Headquarters, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). Prior to taking on that position, she worked as a contracting consultant with The Marlin Alliance, where she supported the Director of Human Resources and EEO for SPAWAR. Also at SPAWAR, she was a Senior Strategic Planner/Analyst in the Strategic Management and Business Planning Office. For 5 years preceding her work with SPAWAR, Linda served as Systems and Software Engineering Manager for Service and Portfolio Management products for Hewlett Packard Enterprises. In the past, Linda worked as the principal of a consulting company, recruiter for that company, human resource advocate, corporate communications manager, documentation manager, and technical writer/editor in various industries including software development, oil and gas, government, science and engineering R&D, and property management.
In 2008, Linda was chosen to lead a delegation of technical communicators to China through the People to People Ambassador program. She currently does contract work in various areas of technical communication including teaching and presenting workshops in basic editing, creativity, information design, and leadership. Linda has had a lifelong passion to help other communicators and leaders. Her instructional skills are well-received and appreciated by her students. She has a lifetime teaching credential from the California Community College System and is currently teaching communication courses at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) Extension. Linda holds a BA in English from UCSD, with minors in creative writing and scientific perspectives, and has a certificate in Project Management from Rice University. She is a respected, accomplished communicator.