Judy became Associate Curator at The Textile Museum in Washington D.C. in 1989. In 1990, she received Fulbright, and then Ford Foundation fellowships to India. While studying suf embroidery in Kutch, she listened to an artisan’s question, “Why are you studying us? Why don’t you help us!” This provoked her to co-found Kala Raksha Trust in 1993. Working closely with artisans at Kala Raksha, she comprehended their tremendous creative capacity- and that it was largely unrecognized.
A massive earthquake in 2001 catalyzed Judy to realize a dream of developing a design education program for traditional artisans. She won an Ashoka Fellowship for this project in 2003. The dramatic success of artisan graduates during her eight-year tenure as Founder Director won her the Sir Misha Black Medal for service in design education in 2009, the Crafts Council of India Kamla award in 2010, and the George B. Walter’36 Service to Society Award from Lawrence University in 2014.
In November 2020 she was awarded the Rotary Club of Delhi Premier Distinguished Service Award, and in July 2021 she was recognized in Architectural Digest India as one of nine “Grande Dames of Craft.”