Judith Schwartz is all about action through collaboration: how to identify opportunities, strategize and plan, communicate and align. Judith has been on the forefront of sustainability issues, the Smart Grid, alternative energy, and the digital home. Working at the nexus of public policy, technology, communications, and business she brings an unusual perspective that crosses functional disciplines to cut to the heart of the problems and solutions.
A regular speaker at industry conferences and webinars, Judith is actively involved in engaging consumers and stakeholders through the IEEE Sustainability Community Summit program, prototyping Energy Literacy workshops for Community Based Organizations, and Consumer Symposia that encourage stakeholders to connect creatively. She was Strategic Communications Consultant to the National Action Plan Coalition and a member of the steering committee for the Worcester Green Today/Growth Tomorrow Community Summit. Her publications include the 2011 State of the Consumer Report for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and PowerCentsDC: A Model of Stakeholder Collaboration for the NAP Coalition, the NAP Communications Action Guide. She is a co-author of Costs and Benefits of Smart Meters for Residential Consumers for the Institute for Electric Efficiency and a whitepaper on low-income communities and voluntary prepay options published by DEFG/EcoAlign. New publications are due out this spring.
To the Point produces a viral stakeholder education resource library, Renewable Reality, collaborating with such utilities as Hydro One, National Grid, PG&E, leading scientists, analysts, and technology companies. Recent videos describe consumer reactions and the stakeholder process for the PowerCentsDC pilot in Washington D.C. and green innovators (businesses, schools, and home owners in Worcester, MA) as well as the impact the Summit had on young people.
Judith is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. After a stint at Apple Computer introducing personal computers, she began her consulting practice in 1987, specializing in systems consulting, organization alignment, and strategic marketing. She simultaneously served as President of Polar Spring Corporation, a start-up that invented a new freeze crystallization technology for water purification that was ahead of its time.