Judith Gethner is the founding Executive Director of Illinois Partners for Human Service. Since 2009, she has built Partners from a start-up to over 800+ human services provider partners located in every legislative district across Illinois. As a leading voice within the sector, Judith has led a successful campaign to educate service providers on the budget impasse and other fiscal issues; has informed the political discourse on human services through collaborative advocacy efforts with community organizations, state agencies, elected officials, and the private sector; and has been appointed to lend her expertise to numerous government councils and agencies. She has been appointed to the State Health Improvement Plan Council, Illinois Single Audit Commission and the Social Service Advisory Council.

Judith brings a strong combination of private and non-profit sector experience to her work. Judith was trained by the Industrial Areas Foundation in organizing and was campaign manager for Vote YES on the ConCon. She served as Executive Director of College Living Experience, which helps special needs students attend universities, was Access Living’s 2014 Advocate of the Year, and has done consulting on organizational development.