Linda Modrell worked in Extension Service administration from early 1961 through the 1980s, beginning as a secretary and becoming Business Services Manager for the Extension Service in 1975.
During the early 1990s, she worked on health policy as the Executive Director for the Health Services Commission - formed by then Oregon Senate President John Kitzhaber - most notably on the team that developed Oregon's Health Plan. The Health Services Commission was among the first in the western world to attempt to prioritize health care based upon cost/utility analysis; this approach garnered a great deal of interest in the health care community.
While still working with the Health Services Commission, Modrell was appointed to the Benton County Budget Committee, serving on the committee for seven years until she ran for and was elected as Benton County (Oregon) Commissioner in 1999. Modrell was re-elected in 2002 and 2006. During her third term of service, Modrell , along with the other Commissioner at the time, voted that Benton County suspend the issuance of marriage licenses as a show of support for same-sex marriage, a decision that made national news.
Linda Modrell was born in Eugene in 1943 and has lived almost all of her life in Albany, Oregon. She earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from OSU in 1981, and an MBA in community health from OSU in 1987.