Linda Bessin bought her home in Burbank in 1994 after moving to the area in 1990. She loves the small town feel and how Burbank’s identity and spirit remain strong.
Linda’s career was as a medical malpractice claims manager. She used her critical thinking skills to analyze all the facts, testimony and medical expert opinion for each case. After an extensive review, a decision would be made whether to defend the case at trial or pay a settlement.
Linda knew that every case was different and every decision directly affected people’s lives. She took that responsibility seriously and worked to ensure that decisions were ethical, thorough and compassionate.
Linda was also a Branch Office Manager and wrote budgets, handled staff and vendor management, and negotiated contracts and legal settlements.
After working at insurance companies that defended doctors and hospitals for 20 years, Linda switched to working for a plaintiff attorney. It was important to Linda to not get stuck in one way of thinking and to learn new ideas and approaches.
Linda retired in 2014 to pursue her passion for public service.
Burbank Board of Library Trustees – Linda served as Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair. She actively encouraged City Council and our community to support a new, modern Central Library. She also helped publicize the many important services our Libraries provide.
Haven Hills – This domestic violence shelter has been serving the San Fernando Valley for over 40 years. Linda is on the Board of Directors and is currently President. Besides her Board responsibilities, Linda meets with elected officials, private foundations and others to educate and advocate for domestic violence victims.
Valley Community Healthcare – VCH, a non-profit healthcare center in North Hollywood, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. All VCH patients receive medical care no matter their ability to pay. Linda is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. She also is Chair of the Board Quality Committee which makes sure the care given is always the highest quality.