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League of Women Voters of California
Full Biography for Judith A. Hirshberg
Judith started her career in government in Los Angeles as a volunteer in Tom Bradley's Valley office and was soon hired to deal with constituent issues. Two years later she transferred to the Community Development Department of Los Angeles City where she planned and monitored programs for CETA and later the Job Training Partnership Act. After leaving the City's employ in 1984 to work on the Mondale/Ferraro Campaign, Ms. Hirshberg was hired by a political consulting firm and assisted with many fund raising events.
In 1988, Judith was hired by Councilman Marvin Braude as his deputy. She eventually went on to run his Valley operation until he retired from office in July 1997.
For many years, Ms. Hirshberg has been deeply involved in women's issues. This commitment led her to found the San Fernando Valley chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus and after years of being active on the local, state and national levels - she was local chair, state chair, and national vice-president - she put together the 1998 NWPC-CA state convention.
Judith is a founder and second president of the Friends of the L.A. City Commission on the Status of Women. She was a member of the Women's Political Summit, a statewide organization of women's PACs, as well as the Wednesday Committee, a Los Angeles County organization of women's PACs. For over 20 years she was on the board of Penny Lane, a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed and abused adolescents. Judith was also a vice-president of Project Focus, a drug and alcohol abuse education center and a volunteer at the Prince of Peace Church food bank. From 1999 to 2001 Judith was Vice President of the Mid-Valley Community Police Council. She was also a Vice-President in charge of development of The Executives, a support group for the Jewish Home for the Aging and remains on the Board of Directors.
Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg has appointed her to the San Fernando Valley Family and Community Advisory Commission and Mayor Riordan has appointed her to the Japanese Garden Advisory Committee. Councilmember Chick has appointed Judith to the Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committee to review the progress of Proposition K projects in the Third Council District. She is a board member of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Education Fund.
Ms. Hirshberg was an area alumni representative for Goucher College, was on the School Advisory Council for the Van Nuys Community Adult School and the board of the School Based Health Clinics for the L.A. Unified School District. She was also on the board of the Jeopardy Foundation that works with the police to keep youth out of gangs.
Judith has also been very active in politics on the local, state and national level. She was an elected delegate to the 1992 National Democratic Convention and has been an elected delegate to the California State Democratic Convention for many years. She chaired the Women's Caucus of the State Democratic Party for two years. Last year Judith was president of Action Democrats, a San Fernando Valley Organization.
Ms. Hirshberg is in the 1989 edition of "Who's Who in California". She was selected as the 40th Assembly district, "Woman of the Year" for 1990 by Assemblyman Tom Bane. In 1999, Judith was once again selected as the 40th Assembly district, "Woman of the Year" by Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg. She was also honored to be chosen as a "Pioneer Woman of 1999" for the 11th Council District by councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.
Judith was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and she is a graduate of Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. After spending twenty years in the Boston area, she moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1974 with her husband, Arthur, and her three children, Allen, Diane and Carol. They have resided here ever since. Judith and Arthur are also very proud of their three wonderful grandchildren.
Judith Hirshberg is a candidate for the Los Angeles 3rd District Council seat and she would be honored to have your support on election- day April 10, 2001.
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