Judy Kruger is the Director of Aerospace and Advanced Transportation in the Strategic Initiatives and Industry Cluster Development Department. In her role as Director, Judy provides strategic direction and drives the execution of the LAEDC’s capacity building efforts in the Aerospace and Advanced Transportation industry clusters.
Judy has extensive experience in national and international economic development initiatives. She has developed, launched and successfully implemented sizeable programs in both the transportation and aerospace industries. In her most recent positions as a business consultant and strategic planner, she has worked with U.S. and foreign companies seeking to grow businesses in Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico, Cuba and the U.S. As the Vice President of Operations for Grupo Prodensa, a Mexican firm, Judy implemented the firm’s foreign investment, marketing, and sales strategy.
In addition, Judy served as the Strategic Planner and Business Development Manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In that role, she led the aerospace and defense business development focus for the state, coordinating project development and advocacy with local, state, congressional, and governors’ offices. Her responsibilities also included working with companies and prime contractors researching, identifying, and building growth markets, new opportunities and key partnerships.
Judy holds a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Grand Valley State University.