Judy Deane joined George Mason University’s Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center as a Senior Policy Fellow in November 2012, and became deputy director in 2014. During her time with TraCCC, she has served as project manager for TraCCC projects on wildlife crime in South Africa and Tanzania, and on illicit antiquities trade from Iraq and Syria. She has been lead researcher on projects on corruption in Russia and Ukraine.
Judy is a retired Foreign Service Officer, specializing in Central Europe and Eurasia. In addition to her Washington assignments she served in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Mongolia and Russia. From 1999 to 2006 she worked in the Europe and Central Asia Division of the World Bank, focusing on economic development and peace-building issues in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. From 2007 to 2012 she was Senior Development Officer at American Councils for International Education, an international non-profit dedicated to international exchanges and language training.
Judy received her BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut and holds a Master of Arts in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale University and a Master of Sciences in Strategy from the National War College. She is fluent in Russian, French and German and also speaks some Czech and Polish.
A long-time Arlington resident, Judy is active in community affairs, especially in the fields of homelessness and mental health. Since 2010 she has been a member of the Arlington County Community Services Board (CSB) — the community group that oversees county services in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and intellectual disabilities. She co-chairs the CSB subcommittees on Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Services for Young Adults, Mental Health Group homes and the Program of Assertive Community Treatment. She has been a volunteer with the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) since 1997 and won their Volunteer of the Year award in 2003.