Judith Gartner

Judith is a graduate of Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Masters of Arts in Teaching) in Cambridge, MA, and University of Minnesota Law School, in Minneapolis, MN (where she was Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review). She practiced corporate transactional law in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota before retiring in 2007.

She has served on numerous boards of directors, and for the last 25 years has participated in the governance of programs that provide community support to individuals recovering from severe mental illnesses. She was a founder and the first Board Chair of the International Center for Clubhouse Development, an organization that provides support, advocacy, and accreditation for more than 350 such programs in 40 countries, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, Inc., one such program that she helped found, located in Fort Myers.

Music has played an important role in Judith’s life, although there have been many others in her family with considerably more talent. She encouraged her two daughters to develop their talents, and her younger daughter spent summers at Interlochen Music Camp, and, as a high school student, at Tanglewood Music Festival, where she studied with the Empire Brass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the auspices of Boston University. Both daughters spent many years playing with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Three of her four grandchildren take piano lessons, with her nine-year old granddaughter already delighting in performing publicly.