Judy Kunofsky’s career has been in the nonprofit world.



  • JMJ Consulting, Principal, 1998-present. Proposal writing and prospect research for advocacy, arts, education, environmental, health, and social service nonprofits. Successes include grants of over $500,000 from several private foundations and public agencies. Co-led capital campaign that raised more than $4 million. Two-hour to eight-week grant writing trainings, including for Association of Fundraising Professionals, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Foundation, First 5 Mendocino, The Foundation Center, Solano Community Foundation, Volunteer Center of Sonoma County
  • Sonoma State University, Political Science Department. Lecturer, 2007-present. Teach Grant Writing and Administration (Political Science 587), a required course for students in the Masters in Public Administration program with a concentration in non-profit administration.
  • Publications: See next tab.


  • Yosemite Restoration Trust, Executive Director, 1993–1997. Associate Executive Director, 1991–1993. Wrote Yosemite Report Card (1996) and proposal for new transportation system to replace most automobile use to and within Yosemite Valley (1997). Media coverage included half the front page of the Fresno Bee. Most ideas adopted by National Park Service (NPS) (2000). Was the only citizen group advocate asking Congress for Yosemite appropriations, including $176 million for flood repair, restoration, and park improvement; $10 million for new transportation system; $40 million for maintenance complex in El Portal. Coordinated successful multi-organization strategy to renew NPS commitment to historic 1980 Yosemite General Management Plan. Concessionaire reduced lodging by 20% and retail space by 25%, restored bar to free public lounge, renovated all buildings, and purchased them for the government. Wrote highly praised (by NPS) portions of YRT Services Corporation’s bid for the concession contract.
  • Greenbelt Alliance, Associate Director, 1984–1990. Developed and implemented five-year Greenbelt Campaign plan and marketing plan. Built regional grassroots network through leadership communications, training, materials development, grants, technical assistance, supervision of field staff. Created organizational structure for 500-mile Bay Area Ridge Trail Council; twice secured earmarked Congressional appropriations. Wrote blueprint for land use, Policy Before Planning: Solving California’s Growth Problems, for Sierra Club California. Planned program for two regional conferences and 500-participant international open space conference.
  • Institute for Conservation Education, affiliate of California League of Conservation Voters, Campaign Director, 1984. Directed voter registration project targeting 75,000 conservationists.
  • Sierra Club, National Conservation Representative, 1974–1984. Directed two-year Toxic Substances Training program, funded by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Two-volume training materials called “the best source of information about mobilizing citizens on toxics issues” (Environmental Action, 9/81). Produced and generated extensive publicity for reports analyzing Reagan Administration policies on oil, gas and coal leasing; occupational health; hazardous waste cleanup. Responsible for defeat of anti-environmental “regulatory reform” bill. Wrote How to Become an Environmental Activist, chosen by two organizations for translation into Russian and widely disseminated among Soviet environmentalists. Created the “politics of population projections,” promoting state-by-state implementation of federal regulations. Wrote Handbook on Population Projections How They are Made and How They Make Themselves Come True, 153 pages, distributed nationally, used in graduate courses.


  • University of California, Berkeley, Department of Mathematics, Lecturer, 1972–1974. Taught undergraduate and graduate courses; teaching rated highly by students. Served on Mathematics Opportunities Committee, awarding special admissions and scholarships to women and people of color.


  • KlezCalifornia, Inc., co-founder, Treasurer (2000-2012) and part-time Executive Director (2009–present). Created organization to connect individuals and commnities with Yiddish culture.
  • Sierra Club, Member, Conservation Governance Committee, 2001–2007 (Vice-Chair, 2005–2007). Oversaw national education, advocacy, and electoral work. Member, Environmental Partnerships Program Committee, 2005-2008, which promoted outreach to faith groups, hunters/anglers, Latinos, and other constituencies.
  • Congregation Netivot Shalom, Capital Campaign leader, 2000–2004. Campaign raised $4 million.
  • Sierra Club Population Committee, Chair, 1986–1994. Increased U.S. international family planning assistance from $270 million in FY90 to $500 million in FY94, a cumulative gain of $500 million.
  • Population Connection (formerly named Zero Population Growth) President, 1977–1980. Led 35-member national Board and 7-member Executive Committee. Revised organization’s mission, secured introduction of bill into House of Representatives supporting population stabilization.


  • Sierra Club (1995)
  • Bay Area Ridge Trail Council (1990)
  • U.S. Committee for the United Nations Environment Program (1987)
  • Zero Population Growth (1981)
  • U.C.L.A. Graduate Woman of the Year (1972)
  • B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at The City College of New York (1967)


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1973. Danforth Foundation Fellowship, National Science Foundation Traineeship.
  • B.S., Mathematics (summa cum laude), The City College of New York, 1967. New York State Regents’ Scholarship, Dean’s List, Phi Beta Kappa.