Judy McBride

Director, Strategic Partnership Investments


Judy joined the Foundation staff in 2006 and served as director of grants and partnership investments from 2017 to 2020. In this role, she supported the development of grant-making policy for the Foundation’s responsive and strategic outcome grants and oversaw the review of grant requests with a team of community investment officers.  Today, Judy’s focus is building effective private-public partnerships to achieve collective impact on shared strategic interests, implementing our public policy work as well as informing grantmaking policy.

Previously, Judy served as vice president of program investments for YouthBuild USA and as deputy director of administration for the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She has also served as senior advisor to the assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, assistant for governmental relations at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Department, and as a legislative assistant at the District of Columbia City Council. Her experience also includes directing the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Standards Project, its Gun Violence Project, and work with state courts to implement the ABA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Judicial Performance. Judy earned her master’s degree in developmental psychology from George Washington University, her juris doctorate from the Georgetown Law Center, and her bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Wellesley College.

What do you enjoy most about Greater Hartford?
What I enjoy most about Greater Hartford are the dedicated, experienced nonprofit, government and other professionals I have the pleasure of working with in serving our community. These individuals make the region special and move it forward in addressing many critical community issues.

What quote best represents your personal philosophy?
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi