June 22, 2018
John Judge Named President of the Appalachian Mountain Club

John Judge
January 9, 2012 — The Appalachian Mountain Club, a Boston-based nonprofit that promotes protection and enjoyment of the Appalachian region, announced the appointment of John D. Judge, a nonprofit and government leader, as its next president, following a nationwide, nine-month search.

Judge, 44, will become the fourth chief executive of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) on Feb. 1, succeeding Andrew J. Falender, who is retiring after 23 years as president.

“We are excited about John’s experience, talent, and passion for AMC’s mission, particularly in getting young people engaged with the outdoors,” said Gabriel. “We can’t think of anyone we would rather have leading AMC as we work to broaden and diversify our constituents, help more kids and families get outdoors, and expand our role as a conservation leader in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.”

Judge joins the organization as, according to a report in The Boston Globe, it completes a $52 million capital campaign to fund its Maine Woods Initiative, which has conserved 66,500 acres.

“I am energized by the challenges AMC has committed to taking on over the next decade,” said Judge. “Attracting 500,000 constituents, helping 500,000 kids experience wild places, fulfilling our vision for the Maine Woods Initiative, and engaging more people in our conservation and trail stewardship efforts is a tall order, but an exciting one. I am looking forward to using my experience in building partnerships to increase the impact of AMC in the region.”

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. With more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters and 12 chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region.

Judge previously served in executive and senior development, finance, and marketing roles and is credited with transforming a financially troubled Greater Boston chapter of Habitat for Humanity to a top-performing urban affiliate, according to AMC.

Most recently, Judge served as chief development officer for the City of Springfield, where he oversaw projects with a collective value of hundreds of millions of dollars and set the city on a path of sustainable development, including the construction of the state’s largest solar field. He also founded and led Judge Co. LLC, focused on inner-city real estate development and construction.

He co-founded the New Frontier Society of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a non-partisan group that encourages young adult participation in public affairs. He also served as state chair of the Massachusetts Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism from 2001 to 2004. Additionally, he served as a volunteer with scouting and other youth groups.

An active community volunteer, Judge serves on the boards of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and the Springfield Technical Community College Foundation.

Judge holds a B.A. in economics from Stonehill College and a master’s of public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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