Judy Friedman, President
Judy Friedman is a founder and principal of Audacious Philanthropy, advising philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofits on achieving the greatest environmental, social, and financial value from their philanthropic resources. Judy currently serves as General Counsel and Director of PhilmCo Media LLC, Vice President, and President of the Board of Safe Place for Youth, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Cheryl Saban SelfWorth Foundation for Women and Children. Additionally, Judy is a member of the RAND Corporation’s Policy Circle and Partners for Change and a donor group supporting the work of Heifer International.
Prior to founding Audacious Philanthropy, Judy served for 15 years as Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs of Saban Capital Group, counseling and overseeing compliance for an affiliated group of public and private companies comprised of real estate, private equity, and venture capital investment companies, as well as multiple private foundations and a family office. In her role at Saban Capital Group, she provided legal counsel across a wide and varied range of substantive legal areas for over 100 for-profit and not-for-profit entities around the world.
In addition to her work at Saban Capital Group, Judy has served in a variety of non-profit leadership roles. She has actively advised and provided legal services to social entrepreneurs, foundations, and non-profit organizations. Her experience includes developing meaningful and impactful funding strategies, evaluating potential grants, negotiating related agreements, and overseeing grant-funded programs and projects to ensure compliance with contract terms and relevant U.S. and foreign laws.
Judy holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School, a B.A. in American Civilization and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, a concentration in Legal Studies from the Wharton School of Business, as well as an executive certification in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania.