Judith is a very active volunteer particularly within in the education and music communities. Having graduated from Princeton University as one of the nine women in the ground-breaking co-educational Class of 1970 with an A.B. in Near Eastern Studies, Judith completed a master’s degree in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at New York University. She subsequently spent a Fulbright Scholar year in Istanbul and at St. Anthony’s College at Oxford University while enrolled in a doctoral program in Near Eastern History at Harvard.
Judith is Board Chair of the Oliver Scholars Program, a New York not-for-profit that helps place and counsels under-served African-American and Latino children in independent college preparatory schools. She is serving her fourteenth year as a trustee of The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, N.J.), where she sits on the executive committee, chairs the Global committee, and co-chairs the development committee. She has been on the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools, where she worked on the Governance and Equity and Justice Committees (Washington, D.C); the President of the Board of Far Hills Country Day School (Far Hills, NJ); and served as a trustee of the Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ) and Rutgers Preparatory School (New Brunswick, NJ).
As for music, Judith is currently a Managing Director and Board Secretary of The Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY), and a trustee of the American Friends of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (New York, NY). She has been a trustee of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (New York, NY) and is a former board chair of the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey.
A trustee of The Central Park Conservancy (New York, NY), Judith was the 2011 recipient of The Central Park Conservancy Women’s Committee’s prestigious Frederick Law Olmsted Award.
She and her husband Willem Kooyker live in New York.