Meet Judy Kramer
by Jan Whitmer
Judy Kramer is truly an EV at heart and in spirit. Introduced to the organization through her husband Tony, Judy has enriched the EV with her beautiful photography. She has taken photos for the Ecocenter project at the Baylands, for our annual reports and for our website. And she has donated her wonderful nature note cards to our online store. Judy has also done photography for The Peninsula Open Space Trust, the California Council of Land Trusts, and the Anza-Borrego Foundation.
Her interest in photography became a serious avocation about five years ago when Judy “discovered” the digital camera. She says that digital photography allows her control over all aspects of a project from framing the shot to adjustments on the computer to printing the photo. Judy’s specialty is wildflower close-ups, although she loves photographing all of nature. She is very active in the Palo Alto Camera Club, having served as its co-president for several years.
Growing up in the rolling farm country outside Indianapolis, Indiana, Judy attributes her love of nature to spending time on her own exploring the woods behind her house, checking out spring wildflowers. As a bonus, she learned to climb barbed wire fences without getting snagged!
After graduating from Stanford with a degree in mathematics, Judy went on to get her teaching credential and taught math for 5 years, both in San Jose and in Palo Alto at Gunn High School. She also earned a Master’s degree in math from San Jose State, but chose to work fulltime raising her two children.
Judy is particularly interested in women’s issues and is a member of a donor circle of the Women’s Foundation of California, a group that awards grants to programs addressing economic equality issues for women and girls. She was Board president of the Palo Alto YWCA during the stressful period of its closing and is currently active in the Kiwanis Club, which helped to cleanup our Sea Scout building. Judy also served on State Senator Joe Simitian’s staff for four years when he was on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
For fun, Judy enjoys reading mysteries, especially those with an historical background. She and Tony regularly participate in international folk dancing and have since college days. And they love spending one day a week with their 3-year-old grandson, introducing him to the wonders of nature! We are fortunate, indeed, to benefit from Judy’s generous spirit and her commitment to the environment.