More than 10 years ago, I was fortunate to first meet and work with Judy Newman. We served together on United Way’s “Success By 6” board, which focused on providing the support and information families need to ensure their children enter school ready to learn. A key project included hosting documentary film screenings followed by community conversations to explore how race, ethnicity, socio-economic conditions and other structural systems affect child and maternal health and wellness.
In addition to being part of a team providing event coordination and promotion, Judy served as a panelist for the post-film discussions. Her skills reaching across sectors and interests helped bring a diverse audience to the events. Most importantly, her clear communication style and her expertise in early learning made for deeply meaningful community dialog. Judy’s commitment to the well-being and success of all kids is evident and sincere.
Four year ago, voters made clear they recognized Judy’s leadership skills and depth of knowledge were needed on the Eugene 4J School Board. They chose Judy Newman by a wide margin then, and they should do so again on May 18.
Laurie Trieger, Eugene