Graham L. Champion – Chairman

Graham Champion

Graham Champion is the Chairman of Public Strategies, LLC, founded in January 2006.

Graham joined AmSouth Bank in 1992 as a Public Finance Officer and ended his full-time career with AmSouth on December 31, 2005, serving as Senior Vice President and Manager of Government Affairs for the last ten years (1996-2005).  Graham continued to serve in a consulting role with the bank on state and federal government affairs issues. Prior to joining AmSouth, he was Vice President of Public Finance for the investment banking firm of Sterne, Agee, and Leach and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Brown Printing Company.

Graham holds a B.S degree in Management from Auburn University at Montgomery.

He has held leadership positions on the Executive Committee of Mississippians for Economic Progress, the Business Council of Alabama’s (BCA) ProgressPAC, Chairman of the Children First Foundation, Inc., the National Advisory Board for The Campaign for the Mind of America, the National Board of Directors of NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Board of Directors of NAMI Alabama,  the Board of Directors of the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, the National Advisory Council for Fannie Mae and currently serves on the Board of Directors, Vice President and as Program Chair for the Montgomery Rotary Club. In August 2015 he was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley as the Consumer Representative on the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy.

He is a past Chairman of the Government Affairs Council of The Financial Services Roundtable and the Legislative Liaison Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association and the BCA Government Affairs Committee

Linda M. Champion – President

Linda Champion

Linda Champion serves as President of Public Strategies, LLC.

Linda Champion joined her husband in the formation of Public Strategies, LLC in January 2006 and has played a supporting role in business development and strategic planning for the firm. Linda currently serves a Project Manager for the American Academy of Pediatrics – Alabama Chapter and is managing three quality improvement projects for the Chapter. Since early 1999 she has been actively involved in the volunteer world in various leadership capacities primarily dealing with children and mental health issues. As the Mental Illness Division Data and Budget Analyst for the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (DMH/MR) she managed the Division budget of more than $176MM, analyzed contract performance, and developed tracking data on grant programs. As a Project Director for Alabama Family Ties she conducted a feasibility study on the development of a respite care program for families of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances developed a training program for providers and coordinated regulations and reporting with federal and state government agencies. Prior to working for DMH/MR she worked as a Project Director for the engineering firm of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood directing strategic planning projects for the firm’s client base. In 1999, Linda retired as City Clerk/Treasurer for the city of Eufaula, Alabama having directed the policy and operations of the city government for more than 15 years.

Linda Champion holds both a Bachelor’s and Master of Public Administration degree from Pennsylvania State University.
She has served on the NAMI Mind of America Foundation National Advisory Board, NAMI Alabama Board of Directors, as President of NAMI Alabama and NAMI Montgomery, Alabama Chapter AAP Committee on Mental Health, United Behavioral Health Advisory Board on AllKids Plus benefits and has served on various Committees and Task Forces for DMH including having served as Chair of the Mental Illness Planning Council.