Special Executive Assistant, Dean Alyssa Ayres, The Elliott School of International Affairs
Department: Office of the Dean
Judy is an experienced international business consultant and researcher who is a leader and driver of diverse projects in economic growth and poverty reduction. She has tackled complex issues in economic growth around the globe, most recently in Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Western Balkans. She has specialized in issues related to public private partnerships, managed grant programs and large scale reimbursable agreements and led proactive strategic project management for universities, international development and nonprofit organizations. She has helped shape policy solutions and implemented programs and developed proposals across various verticals including agriculture/food security, SME, trade, financial markets, health, youth and renewable energy. As a leader in creating awareness of agribusiness opportunities/projects in rural environments, Judy has a particular focus on the role of partnerships in agriculture as drivers of economic growth. She has worked closely with local, state and federal governments to support capacity building, advocating on behalf of the small/medium woman farmer.
Her experience includes a solid background in government and administrative affairs, serving as a Chief of Staff and policy advisor for a Senator, leading policy and communications efforts. In addition, she has over fifteen years of experience in corporate marketing and market research working primarily with the United States Government, domestic and international chemical, biotech and pharmaceutical companies. She has assisted businesses in international relations affecting their global operations.
Judy holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, The Fels Institute of Government and a graduate certificate in Non Profit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she has an undergraduate degree in Communications from Villanova University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.