Judy is a diversity practitioner with 25 years’ experience in a wide range of industries, including health care, higher education, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. She has designed and conducted hundreds of workshops on diversity and inclusion, prevention of discrimination and harassment at work and school, effective communication, and culturally competent patient care.
Judy facilitates strategic planning retreats for diversity initiatives and organizational change, and provides frequent continuing education seminars on diversity for professionals in human resources, health care, and social work.
From 2005-2006 and 2010-2013, Judy served as an internal consultant, and then as Diversity/EEO Coordinator, at Lifespan, a major academic healthcare system and the largest employer in RI. In that capacity, she provided training on diversity and cultural competency, oversaw implementation of five affirmative action plans, helped promote language access for limited English-proficient patients, supervised several employee resource groups, and produced a monthly diversity newsletter.
A graduate of Brown University (BA in Religious Studies, minor in Spanish) and Harvard Law School, Judy received additional training through the Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute, the National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI), National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), Public Conversations Project (PCP), National Conference of Christians & Jews (NCCJ), and Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).
Prior to starting her consulting business, Judy practiced law for 10 years on behalf of culturally diverse, low income clients in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She performed, recorded and toured for seven years with the Boston-based women’s world music ensemble, Libana, and currently sings with the RPM Voices of RI, a multi-racial, interfaith, cross-class community gospel choir. She is co-founder of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom – RI, a Muslim-Jewish women’s group that works to build bridges and confront bias. www.sosspeace.org.