Judy’s background begins with her upbringing in Kansas City, KS. Her mother was an R.N. and TWA’s first air hostess, whose uniform is in the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian. Judy’s father was an attorney in Kansas City, who would have been in the foreign service but for an emergency appendectomy at American University, followed by recovery and a return to college in Kansas. He has probably been the biggest influence on Judy’s interest in government.
Judy attended Goucher College in Baltimore, MD for two years, and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in International Relations. She then worked for the Peace Corps in Washington D.C. when Sergeant Shriver was its head, and John Kennedy was President. Judy has lived in Novato since 1996, and can’t imagine living anywhere else.
PersonalBorn July 16, 1940 in Kansas City, Kansas.
Married 30 years to Bruce Arnold, recording artist & songwriter, and master pattern maker of scale automobiles.
Mother to Gray Ainsworth, Erin Fish and John Mark Arnold.
Grandmother to Brayden Ainsworth & Lauren, Julia and Ainsworth Fish.
EmploymentCurrently working as Marin County Supervisor, District 5
District Chief of Staff for Carole Migden, California State Senate
District Coordinator for President pro Tempore John Burton, California State Senate
Director of Communication & Fund Development, Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire
Marin County’s First Supervisorial Aide (Gary Giacomini)
Publicist Marin Transit Systems, Inc.
Journalist, U.S. Peace Corps
Community ServiceServed on Novato City Council 2003-2006
Member Joint Powers Oversight Committee (countywide)
Member Transportation Sales Tax Expenditure Plan Development Community Advisory Committee (for passage of Measure A)
Former member, Board of Directors, Marconi Conference Center
Co-Vice President, Marin National Women’s Political Caucus
President, Tomales High School Parents Club
Organized Legislative Action Committee for State School Funding
Program Vice President & Local Action Chair, Marin County League of Women Voters
County Supervisor Accomplishments for 5th DistrictCreated the Marin Economic Forum to focus on the connection between a local sustainable economy and our environmental and social equity goals
Initiated a critical watershed program in Novato
Launched the Vial of L.I.F.E. Program in Marin to help our emergency responders save lives
Preserved the 64-acre Black Point Nature Preserve as Marin County Open Space
Spearheaded a website for the public to access county restaurant inspection information online
Launched the new Marin Community Clinics facility and dental clinic in Novato for our underserved residents
Senate Accomplishments for 5th DistrictBrought Charter School Funding inequity problem to Senator Migden that resulted in a bill in 2005.
Worked with Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey on an agreement between the Army and State agencies on the clean-up of the Hamilton Wetlands Project.
Secured crucial state funding through John Burton, for the purchase of the Bahia wetlands
Point person for Senator Burton in stopping a planned transformer in Bel Marin Keys.
Responsible for Novato parents obtaining all important non-discretionary school funding in 2001.
Of Special Note
Contributing Writer, 50/50 by 2000: A Political Handbook for Women
Author, When I Grow Up & The Lost Smile (published children’s books)