Judith F. Samuelson

Judith F. Samuelson

Executive Director
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Judy Samuelson created the Aspen Business and Society Program, an independently supported program at the Aspen Institute, in 1998. Aspen BSP respects the power of business to shape the long-term health of society, and works to align business decisions with the public good. It engages leaders and social intrapreneurs -- from MBAs to CEOs -- in dialogue, networks and public programs that put common sense decision-making at the heart of business practice and education.

Signature programs include Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a global data base and report card on MBA business education, and the Corporate Values Strategy Group, a forum for business leaders to promote change in policy and business practice in pursuit of long-term value creation. Judy spearheaded the creation of the Aspen Principles, a set of guidelines to spotlight short-termism in business and capital markets, and promote long-term focus by companies and institutional investors. The Principles are widely cited and were recently named one of "50 Stars in Seriously Long-Term Innovation."

Before Aspen, Judy led the Ford Foundation's office of Program Related-Investments. She has also been a middle-market banker in New York's garment center for Bankers Trust Company, as well as a lobbyist and legislative aide working on health and education issues in California.

Judy studied Political Science and Art History at UCLA and has a Master's Degree from the Yale School of Management. She held Board positions at ACCION-New York, All Souls Unitarian Church, and Net Impact, where she is Chair Emeritus. In 2012, Judy was named to the “Good Business New York™ Leading Women for 2012”  list as one of 25 women who are creating a better world through work and business. In 2011, Judy was named a Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior. Judy publishes widely and blogs for Huffington Post.