Cole Judge ’05 was recently featured in New Orleans City Business as a young professional looking to remain in the region. 504ward is an initiative of The Idea Village, a non-profit organization focused on “accelerating growth of the entrepreneurial community in the New Orleans region.” 504ward features one young professional each week on its Web site and the profile also appears in City Business. Judge graduated from William Smith College with a degree in sociology and concentrations in French and studio art. While here, she was a member of Campus Greens, Progressive Student Union, and a volunteer with America Reads. She also participated in the semester in Aix en Provence, France.
Judge’s complete profile as it appeared in New Orleans City Business appears below.
New Orleans City Business
“Profiles of young professionals who want to stay in New Orleans”
Greg LaRose • October 13, 2008
Hometown: Middletown, N.Y.
Education: bachelor’s degree in sociology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Position: graduate research assistant, University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology
Like a lot of transplants, a brief glimpse was all it took for Cole Judge to fall in love with New Orleans. After spending her first year out of college with the Minnesota Conservation Corps, she came to the city in the summer of 2007 with AmeriCorps and worked as a counselor at S.J. Green Charter School and a Freret neighborhood art camp.
Through Tulane University, she learned about an opportunity with the Center for Bioenvironmental Research. She passed, choosing to venture out to Portland, Ore., but within three weeks she was on the phone seeing if she could return.
“You know that feeling when you recognize there’s a place you belong,” Judge said. “That’s what New Orleans was for me.”
Her year with CBR included hands-on participation with its Historic Green program, which connected discussions of green building and design and put them into use at 9th Ward home sites.
Judge is now pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning at the University of New Orleans. She envisions working as an urban planner or sustainability consultant after graduating in 2010.
Favorite hangouts: Thursday nights at Les Bon Temps for Soul Rebels, Bachannal
Where do you take out-of-towners to eat? “You gotta eat at Jacques Imo’s.”
What do outsiders not get about New Orleans? “It’s sweaty. It has its highs. It has its lows. It can be incredibly real but also surreal.”
For more information, visit www.504ward.com