Linda Mays McCaul

Board of Directors, Mays Family Foundation

Linda Mays McCaul has a Master’s Degree in oceanography and geology.  She attended the University of Miami (B.S.) and Texas A&M University (M.S.). Linda is an avid shark conservationist volunteering in shark and ray tagging missions in Belize on Glovers Reef.  The Mays Family Foundation funds shark and ray research at Florida International University.  She is on the Board of an NGO (Sharks et al) to address the global shark fin issue. Previously, Linda worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and tracked Soviet submarines worldwide. She also worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on biological warfare issues.  She helped the Army obtain environmental permits to destroy the chemical weapons stockpiled in the U.S. 

Linda is married to Congressman Michael McCaul, who is serving his 6th term in the U.S. Congress and is Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.  They have five children (Caroline, 21; Jewell, 20; and triplets Lauren, Avery, and Michael, 16).  Linda has been scuba diving all over the world (Cocos Island, Red Sea, Australia) and all her children are certified.

Linda is on the Board of the Mays Family Foundation.  She also serves on the Board of Visitors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she chairs the Advisory Committee for the Children’s Cancer Hospital. Linda also serves on the Austin Greater Crime Commission Board and the Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation Board. Linda and her 4 daughters are active members of the National Charity League.  She is also a member of the U.S. Congressional Club.