Judith currently works as the Director of Government Relations at The John Marshall Law School, located in the Alumni Relations and Development Department at the Midwest’s largest independent law school. The focus of her work is to raise funds for the law school from government sources, i.e. the federal, state, county and local level. She also works closely with her colleague who handles fundraising from Foundations and Corporations.
Judith was recently appointed by President Preckwinkle and approved by the Cook County Board for a Member position on the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals. Judith is the first woman to ever serve on this nine-member board.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is a governmental agency with a Board made up of nine Members: seven voting members who are appointed by the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners with the advice and consent of the Cook County Board of Commissioners; and two Ex-Officio non-voting Members. Their primary duty is to aid the public in considering all rezoning appeals pertaining to land uses in the unincorporated areas of Cook County.
Women in Planning & Development has given her the opportunity to network with other women planners and stay abreast of what is happening in the field of planning. WP+D has such a diverse membership that it is interesting to hear about the work that the other women are doing and what their accomplishments are.
Judith has a bachelor’s degree in Music from the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University, a Master in Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois (Chicago) and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Early in her career, Judith combined her music and planning background by working with the fledgling Chicago Council on Fine Arts (now Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events) where she authored the monograph - “Corporate Support of the Arts”. Judith also worked with all of Chicago’s major museums on capital improvements that benefited persons with disabilities prior to the passage of the ADA. She was also the Director of Noise Abatement for Chicago’s airports where she managed the soundproofing of 50 schools around O’Hare and 11 schools near Midway. While at the Department of Aviation, she oversaw the creation of movies such as Home Alone 3, My Best Friend’s Wedding, U.S. Marshals, and Message In a Bottle and television episodes for ER, Early Edition and Chicago Hope.
She continues to be involved with the airport through her volunteer service with the Interfaith Airport Chapel’s Wings of Vision. She and her husband, Thomas Jaconetty, were the recipients of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Christifidelis Award for their continued support of the chapel’s activities. They have also been nominated for the Regina Caeli Award, which recognizes outstanding members of the Regina Dominican High School community for their sustaining support and constant dedication to the school’s mission. (Their daughter is a 2010 graduate). They will receive this award at Regina Dominican’s 27th Annual Black & White Dinner Gala which will be held at Misericordia in March of 2017. Early in her career she sang with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus. She has also been a member of the Chicago’s Bar Association’s Chorus which has performed works such as the Brahm’s Requiem at St. James Episcopal Church in downtown Chicago.