Judith A. Burrell began her love of basketball in high school in Boston MA, where she played one year at Girls’ Latin School. Although she never played the game after that, she became an avid fan, while completing her undergraduate degree at Brown University, as well as during her years in New York City after acquiring her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
While her career path led her through senior management in the public sector working for Mayor Ed Koch and the nation’s mayors with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, she also worked for President Bill Clinton. Judith led the U.S. DOT team to execute the federal government’s contributions to the transportation needs of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics over four years. Throughout she remained an avid fan of basketball. Her work then led to the private sector where she directed communications for the Newspaper Association of America, and state and local government marketing for ACS (now Conduent)—a Fortune 500 back office for toll collection like E-ZPass.
When the WNBA was established, Judith and her husband Charles Stephenson attended most of the Washington Mystics games. They also guided their daughter Zora’s basketball ascension through local leagues and AAU in elementary and middle school. In high school, she was an involved parent volunteer and concessions coordinator as her daughter scored 1000 points at Oakton HS and still holds a high record for three-point shots. This 21stcentury basketball journey continued as parents of a Boo Williams’ national girls team player, and finally the Division I Elon University Women’s Basketball team.
Judith formed her sole proprietor consulting business in 2006 and assumed myriad roles for public, non-profit and private sector clients. As BURRELL PROJECT CONSULT LLC wind downs, she eagerly joins the Women’s American Basketball Association Executive Team to lead its Business Development and secure corporate sponsorships as the league’s third season advances.