Judy attended Reed College, where she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 1973, and taught at Jefferson and Madison High Schools. She earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1980, attending law classes at night so she could work part-time and raise her two young daughters.
Judy served as a Multnomah County deputy district attorney, prosecuting criminals and protecting victims of crime. In 1986, she became state representative for her Southeast Portland neighborhood. While in the legislature, she chaired the House Housing and Urban Development Committee and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Law and Judicial Administration. She was a legislative trustee for Citizens for a Drug Free Oregon; she created legislation resulting in the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps.
Judy received the Oregon State Bar Association President’s Public Service Award, and was also recognized for her legislative voting record by the Women’s Rights Coalition and the Oregon Environmental Council.
Following her legislative service, Judy created a not-for-profit affordable housing development corporation and for the next ten years worked to create housing opportunities for low-income seniors, families with children, and working people.
In 2003, Judy became director of the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC), a partnership of public safety agencies across government jurisdictions working together to coordinate and streamline the best use of public safety resources for the county.
Elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, Judy is currently serving her second four-year term as a Multnomah County Commissioner for District 3. As a commissioner, Judy also serves as:
- Co-Chair of the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)
- Representative for the Elders in Action Commission
- Representative for the Multnomah Food Advisory Committee
- Representative for the Gateway Domestic Violence Center
- Representative for the Regional Arts and Culture Council