Judith Fitzgerald is a graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and Boston College Law School. She has been a member of academia for the past decade. She is currently a faculty member at Walden University teaching in the graduate programs in the School of Public Policy and Administration which include the Master’s Program for Nonprofit Management. Before Walden University, Judith was a full-time lecturer at Bowie State University in the Criminal Justice program. While at Bowie State, not only was she a full-time faculty member but she was also Program Director/Principal Investigator for the MAC-CAE (National Intelligence Studies Program). As program director, she did curriculum development for the National Intelligence Studies program, as well as Bowie State’s new Criminal Justice program. Judith was also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland (College Park) and Baltimore City Community College. Before teaching, Judith practiced law on the state and federal level for fifteen (15) years. She also had a private practice that focused primarily on criminal defense, entertainment law, business law, disability, and real estate law. Judith’s passion for nonprofit service began decades ago when she accepted the position as Executive Director of ReInvent, Inc., a nonprofit music, and pro-social arts program for at-risk youth in Baltimore City. The organization was committed to providing summer and after-school programs for latchkey children in urban neighborhoods. Judith later became a Member of the Board of Directors for the Lincoln University Lions Chamber of Commerce (a non-profit that provides networking opportunities for Lincoln University students and alumni), Unified Community Connections (formerly the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland), Vice-Chair -FAAAF(Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film ), and The Trinity Foundation. As the parent of a child who is on the Autism Spectrum, Judith has also become an advocate for children with special needs in Baltimore County since 2012. In 2013, Judith’s hard work in education received recognition. She received the Dream Keeper Award for her dedication to education and mentoring. Her accomplishments were announced on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger. In addition to the Dreamkeeper’s Award, Judith received special appreciation and commendation from the Governor of the State of Maryland and also from the Baltimore County Council for her service to the community, as well as her work in education and mentoring. She has also received service and mentoring awards from Bowie State University’s Student Government Association and the Mid-Atlantic Consortium-Center for Academic Excellence. In January 2017, Judith was awarded the Walden University SPPA Award for Faculty Excellence for making a difference in the community and for her distinguished service to the mission of the School of Public Policy and Administration.