Judith K. Dimon

Judith K Dimon, who many describe as a self-taught artist, has a creative side that is apparent in her career, philanthropic endeavors and her daily life. Judy’s office and home are adorned with pieces she has collected and created over the years. Her interest in unexpected and unique design most recently translated to her home and office when she worked with Jessica Kagan Cushman to develop whimsical hardware for the cabinetry in several rooms. The experience inspired Judy and Jessica to co-found JKC&D, a company producing hardware that is as visually and intellectually stimulating as it is functional.  Using distinctive messaging, symbols, designs and materials, JKC&D hardware is designed to help inspire, entertain and empower people where they live, work and play.

In addition to her role as co-founder of JKC&D, Judy continues to work on collective impact initiatives that improve the odds and outcomes for America’s youth living in low income neighborhoods.  In 1994, she helped establish the National Center for Community Schools with the Children’s Aid Society.  Since then, the Center has facilitated the development of over 15,000 community school adaptions nationally and internationally.  In 2000, she co-founded The Campaign to Expand Community Schools in Chicago, a $50 million public-private partnership to expand the hours of operation, provide enhanced programming for students and parents, and offer on-site health care in 150 of Chicago’s public schools. In 2014, she helped pioneer South Bronx Rising Together, a broad based grassroots collaboration focused on revitalizing the South Bronx, where 65% of children are born into poverty. Judy’s current civic focus is on developing career pathways, so that young people from low income neighborhoods can attain family sustaining careers. 

Judy began her career in consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton and later in financial services at Shearson Lehman Brothers as a VP of Marketing and Consumer Finance.  She then became Executive Director of The Spunk Fund, Inc., a foundation supporting global initiatives in children’s health, education and enrichment. 

Judy earned a B.A. from Tulane University, an M.A. in Psychology from Catholic University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. In her career, Judy has served on over ten boards including: The Children’s Aid Society, The Harvard Business School Board of Advisors and Ballet Hispanico. She and her husband Jamie live in New York City, have three daughters and two granddaughters.

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