Honoring Linda Craytonby Representative Barbara Lee
Posted on 2013-12-16
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 16, 2013
Ms. LEE of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the
extraordinary career of Linda Crayton as we celebrate over 40 years of
her dedicated service to the community and her wide reaching
accomplishments. Ms. Crayton is an outstanding individual, who
throughout her distinguished career has championed public private
partnerships, led efforts for gender equality, advocated for justice in
her community, and supported our youth.
Ms. Crayton's esteemed career has spanned over four decades as an employee of Comcast, where she is currently the San Francisco Regional Senior Director of Government Relations. Along the way, she has been a staunch advocate for the advancement of women by leading efforts with Black Women Organized for Political Action, California Women Lead, EMERGE, Women In Cable and Telecommunications, and 100 Black Women of the Bay Area, Inc. Ms. Crayton has been recognized numerous times for her commitment to gender equality. The San Francisco League of Women Voters accorded Ms. Crayton ``The Woman Who Could Be President'' award in 2001. In 2006, she was named ``Woman of the Year'' for the 9th senatorial district by California State Senator and President Pro- Tempore Don Perata, as well as ``Corporate Woman of the Year'' by 100 Black Women, Inc. In 2011, Ms. Crayton was recognized by the National Women's History Month with a History Makers Award.
Among her many contributions, Ms. Crayton has tirelessly served her community and church as a civil rights leader. She has worked with the NAACP, Urban League, and countless other community justice organizations. She also supports the East Oakland Youth Development Center, Oakland Boys and Girls Club, and the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation. For her tremendous commitment to the community, she has been recognized by the San Francisco African American Chamber with a ``Lifetime Achievement'' award and by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) as a Black History Month-- Living Legend. In 2007, the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Committee and the Bayview Hunters Point Family Resource Center further honored Ms. Crayton with a ``Distinguished Community Service Award,'' and a ``Humanitarian Award,'' respectively.
Moreover, Ms. Crayton boasts an impressive commitment to local government. In 1996, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown first appointed her to the San Francisco Airports Commission, a role that she has been appointed to by successive San Francisco mayors continuously till this day. She has worked hard to ensure that San Francisco International Airport is the best run, cleanest, and most welcoming airport in the world.
Additionally, Ms. Crayton provided much needed support and leadership to the restructuring of the San Francisco Department of Health in her capacity as President of the San Francisco District V Mental Health Board. For these efforts she was recognized by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with the prestigious Leadership Award.
Throughout her prolific career, Ms. Crayton has not only been a hardworking professional, but also a compassionate and generous individual. She has been a mentor for countless men and women throughout the years, taking them under her wing to help them grow professionally and pursue job opportunities.
Therefore, on behalf of California's 13th Congressional District, Ms. Linda Crayton, I salute you. Your many years of service have made an indelible mark in our community. Best wishes to you and your loved ones in the years to come.
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