Ashley Judd, MPA
“I'm so excited to join the pathology and laboratory medicine communities in Boston this October! Throughout my work with the Clinton Global Initiative and YouthAIDS, I've seen the urgent need for quality healthcare, and I'm proud to be part of the ASCP's effort to raise awareness for the need to deliver patient-care tools and technologies to resource-starved countries.”
An actress and humanitarian, Ashley Judd promotes access to quality health care, conservation, alleviating poverty, and social justice around the world. She has served as an expert panelist or moderator for many conferences, including the Clinton Global Initiative, Women Deliver, International AIDS, and Global Business Coalition to stop HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. Ms. Judd gave the keynote address on modern slave trade to the 2008 General Assembly of the United Nations, has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the urgent need to prevent the spread of HIV to girls and women, and spoke to the National Press Club in 2010 about stopping the mountain top removal coal mining, as well as made appearances on major news programs and on three documentaries seen by one billion people worldwide.
An acclaimed actress in film, theater, and television, Ms. Judd has won numerous awards and been nominated for Golden Globes and Emmys. Critically acclaimed movies in which she starred include Ruby in Paradise, Double Jeopardy, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, and De-Lovely.Currently, Ms. Judd stars in the new television series "Missing."
In 2010, she earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and received the Dean's Scholar Award for her work in the Harvard Law class, "Gender Violence: Law and Social Justice." For her undergraduate studies, Ms. Judd graduated from the University of Kentucky with a major in French and minors in anthropology, art history, theater, and women's studies.
Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Population Services International, Defenders of Wildlife, and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Ms. Judd has traveled around the world, visiting grassroots programs that focus on public health, poverty alleviation, human rights, and social justice.