Judy Harper

Judy Harper
Senior Program Director

Judy directs the project office for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Zones initiative. This 10-site, $10 million effort to combat obesity through place-based, multi-organizational networks, aims to transform the community context for health by creating environments that make “the healthy choice the easy choice.” Judy develops and oversees peer learning programs and technical assistance support for the networks, their partners and the network facilitators. Judy also continues to manage a portfolio of fiscal sponsorship projects and identifies and develops new projects and strategic initiatives for Community Partners. Judy brings nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, providing organizational and network development support, designing programs, and developing resources for a wide range of nonprofit initiatives. Judy previously served as associate director for the Border Philanthropy Partnership at the Synergos Institute, directed community development programs at MAAC Project’s affordable housing communities, was program officer for San Diego Dialogue’s cross-border and regional collaborative projects, and served as associate director for development at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Judy is a founding board member of the Media Arts Center San Diego and a 2010-11 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow. She holds an M.A. in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College. A former Fulbright Fellow in Mexico and a San Diego Rotary Club Ambassadorial Scholar in Brazil, Judy speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.