Linda B. Falkson, Director, Ombudsman Office
Linda Falkson has served as a Cornell Ombudsman since 2008. Prior to receiving this appointment, she served as Cornell’s Associate Judicial Administrator and then as Deputy Judicial Administrator for ten years. In this capacity, she adjudicated alleged Code of Conduct violations and she collaborated with community partners regarding the living and learning environment for students. Linda sought to further serve the Cornell community by helping individuals in the Ombudsman Office. Before her employment at Cornell, she engaged in general legal practice, including criminal defense, and in prosecution. Linda received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since joining the Cornell Ombudsman Office in 2008, she has been an active member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA), and previously co-chaired the ad hoc Title IX task force. She currently serves on the IOA Mentoring committee. Linda is a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner (CO-OP®).
Charles Walcott, University Ombudsman
Charles (Charlie) Walcott has served in the part time role of University Ombudsman since 2011. He served on the faculties of Harvard University, Tufts University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook before coming to Cornell in 1981 as a full professor and Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Charlie was named the Lab’s first Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director in 1992. He left that position in 1995 to resume teaching and research and went on to lead the Division of Biological Sciences (1998-99) and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (1999-2001) before serving for three years as Associate Dean and Secretary of the University Faculty. He also served as Dean of the University Faculty (2003-08) and the Chair of the University Assembly (fall 2009 – spring 2011). Charlie is an expert on the territorial vocalizations of birds and animal navigation. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Cornell. Since joining the office in 2011, Charlie has been an active member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA).
Tracey Brant, Assistant Ombudsman
Tracey Brant joined the Ombudsman Office in 2019 and she previously worked in a diverse range of positions at Cornell for almost thirty years. She has served as Assistant Ombudsman since 2020. Tracey is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and she is an active member of the ICF. She is certified through GALLUP® as a Strengths-Based Educator and a BP10 Builder Talent Coach. Tracey earned her MS in Public Policy through the Cummings Veterinary College and her BS in Animal Science at Cornell. Since joining the office, Tracey has been an active member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA).