A graduate of Kent State University, Linda Allard is the former design director of Ellen Tracy, a position she held for her entire career of more than 40 years. Under her guidance, Ellen Tracy evolved into a leading fashion icon offering designer sportswear, dresses, accessories, fragrances, and a collection of home furnishings. She is the author of Absolutely Delicious, a handwritten collection of her favorite recipes, abundantly illustrated with her own watercolor paintings. Linda is a former board member of The Garden Conservancy and continues to participate in and support their programs. She, her home, and her garden designs have been featured in many trade, home, and garden publications. In a special partnership with New York Restoration Project (NYRP), Linda, an avid gardener, designed and helped implement the 111th Street Community Garden. She continues to support the efforts of NYRP and currently serves as a member of its board as well as the boards of American Ballet Theatre and the Shakespeare Society.
Since retiring from the fashion industry, Linda has become an active member of the Litchfield Hills community and serves as a board member for the Washington Art Association, Housatonic Valley Association, Steep Rock Association, and Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust.
“I chose to become a board member of Weantinoge because I truly believe in their mission. Growing up in rural Ohio, my family and I spent many days on our family’s farm, where we learned the importance of land stewardship and reforestation at a very early age. In areas too steep for farming, my uncle planted as many as one hundred thousand trees over his lifetime, creating beautiful woodland trails for hiking and nature walks. The farm has since come under the care of the Medina County Park District and will be preserved in perpetuity.”