The Linehan Institute Announces Bridgett Chandler as New Executive Director

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And CEO of Its Subsidiary, Behavioral Tech, LLC (BTECH).

Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT, said, 'I am delighted to have attracted Bridgett’s passion for improving community well-being and her expertise in non-profit management.'

The Linehan Institute, founded by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) developer Dr. Marsha Linehan, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bridgett Chandler as its new Executive Director and CEO of its wholly owned subsidiary, Behavioral Tech, LLC. Ms. Chandler’s exceptional performance in non-profit management, communications, and education made her a natural to lead these organizations in making compassionate and effective care available to every person suffering from complex mental health disorders and supporting the providers who serve them.

The Linehan Institute’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Ms. Chandler to her new roles. The non-profit Linehan Institute supports an international community of mental health professionals who serve clients with severe mental illness. Behavioral Tech, a company founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan, provides high quality training and supporting materials for mental health care providers and treatment teams.

Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT, said, “I am delighted to have attracted Bridgett’s passion for improving community well-being and her expertise in non-profit management. The Linehan Institute is pleased to welcome her to the leadership team as we are poised to expand our work locally and globally to advance awareness of and access to humane and effective treatments for people with severe mental illness.”

President of BTECH and The Linehan Institute’s Board of Directors Chair, André Ivanoff, Ph.D., said, “The Board of Directors is thrilled to work with Bridgett. She will be an effective leader for The Linehan Institute and a passionate advocate for evidence-based treatment. We all look forward to building on BTECH’s success in creating and disseminating innovative training tools of the highest quality for mental health care providers.”

Prior to joining The Linehan Institute and Behavioral Tech, Ms. Chandler served in both public and non-profit sectors as a leader in local government, K-12, higher education, youth development, and early learning. Chandler adds, “I am honored and very pleased to join this group of passionate and dedicated individuals. I look forward to expanding our capacity to help bring relief to those who are suffering.”

As CEO of Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, she led an outstanding team that serves nearly 15,000 people in the Puget Sound area with summer camp and year-round activities to connect youth and families to each other and the natural world. She led a two-year strategic plan to implement a more sustainable business model, resulting in improved programs, increased enrollments in core programs, and stronger fiscal management. She initiated a youth service program with the Seattle Mariners to promote recycling at games, and created a partnership with Seattle Children’s Autism Center to provide outdoor recreation programs for children with autism.

As Executive Director of Communications for Seattle Public Schools, Ms. Chandler led all internal and external communications for Washington’s largest K-12 district through a period of steadily increasing support for high-quality public education.

Ms. Chandler served the University of Washington for four years. As Assistant Vice President for Regional Affairs, she improved university relations with local government, community and business organizations. Working in the Seattle Mayor’s Office for a decade, Ms. Chandler oversaw a range of strategic initiatives, including negotiating agreements with Native American Tribes and securing local ownership of the former US Naval base at Sand Point for regional recreational, housing, and community reuse purposes.

As Vice President and Chief Program Officer over her five years at Talaris Research Institute, Ms. Chandler helped launch a new non-profit focused on enriching parent-child relationships. A national partnership with PBS helped Talaris gain national recognition in this field.

Ms. Chandler has served on more than a dozen community and non-profit boards, including the Washington State Governor’s Advisory Board on Early Learning, City of Seattle Family and Education Levy Citizen Advisory Committee, Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, Greater University Chamber of Commerce, West Seattle Helpline, Seattle Women in Government and Seattle Youth Involvement Network.

Ms. Chandler earned two Bachelor of Arts awarded summa cum laude from Seattle University and a Masters of International Studies from the Claremont Graduate University. She studied political science, economics, and international law at Universite Paul Valery in France, and she completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Ms. Chandler was awarded a Rotary Foundation International Ambassadorial Scholarship for study in France, and is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. She is especially proud to be the first female valedictorian of Seattle Prep. She currently serves as Trustee of West Seattle Wine Cellars, LLC.

For more information, call us at 206.675.8588. If you would like to learn more about the Linehan Institute, visit For information about Behavioral Tech, visit us online at

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