The Biodiversity Funders Group staff is based in the Presidio of San Francisco; they meet with NGO representatives at their request, at staff invitation, or Biodiversity Funders Group member request. The staff does not recommend proposals or projects to members.
Judy learned about community organizing and social justice advocacy in Chicago, in the 1980s, where she worked with groups pressing for local, national and international policy change. Since then, she has been a public information officer and a regional director at Amnesty International USA, a development officer at the Center for Community Change and an organizational consultant to scores of nonprofits around the country. She was program director and executive director at the Environmental Support Center, which provided technical assistance and small grants to grassroots environmental groups. Most recently, Judy was executive director of Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America, which organizes support to minimize chemicals in industrial agriculture and to transform the food system worldwide.
Besides the Noyes Foundation board, Judy also serves on the boards of Commonweal (Bolinas, CA), which incubates and supports health, healing, art, education, justice and environmental programs, and Coming Clean, a national environmental health and justice collaborative. Judy is an active volunteer at the East Bay Meditation Center, in Oakland. A graduate of Northwestern University, Judy has certificates in nonprofit leadership from Naropa University, Rockwood Leadership Institute, and the East Bay Meditation Center.