I remember the first time I saw Marin — it took my breath away. I still can’t imagine living anywhere else, and I fight every day so that our grandkids will continue to experience the beauty, serenity, and joy that inspired me to fall in love with the land, put roots down, and grow a family here.
Raised in Kansas City, midwestern hospitality and small-town kindness remain cornerstone values. Judy’s mother, an R.N. was TWA’s first air hostess whose uniform hangs in the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. She exemplified, for Judy, the balance between pushing boundaries and being true to your highest ideals, and a fundamental commitment to family. Judy’s father was an attorney He has probably been the biggest influence on Judy’s interest in government. From her father, she learned a passion for civic understanding and engagement. Judy’s early years instilled a deep yearning to change the world in order to do good for others.
Judy graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in International Relations, and began work for the Peace Corps in Washington D.C. (where Sargent Shriver was its head.) In these years, Judy was tremendously inspired by President John Kennedy, and still believes in the sentiment: “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
Judy came to Marin in 1966 — and knew she was home.
She was honored to serve on the Novato City Council. She’s been very active in the League of Women Voters, the Marin Women’s Political Action Committee, and the Tomales High School Parents Club.
She and her husband, Bruce, have raised their family here (which now includes a healthy brood of grandkids). And, she still can’t imagine living anywhere else.