Judy Pipkin Honored as Woman of the Year by State Senator Jim Beall
If you’re a Democratic Party activist in Santa Clara County, you know Judy Pipkin. If you’ve ever visited Democratic Party headquarters here, you know Judy Pipkin. If you’ve needed volunteers to register voters, walk precincts, or help at an event, you know Judy Pipkin. Our own Judy Pipkin, heart and soul of the SCCDP headquarters office, was honored as Woman of the Year at a ceremony held in State Senator Jim Beall’s Campbell office on February 21st.
Well-wishers packed the Senator’s office, a testament to the impact Judy has had. Never one to crave the spotlight, Judy stood quietly next to Sen. Beall as he praised her as “a person of the community” and passionate advocate for social justice. “Judy runs the Democratic Party office with a heart. A big heart – that’s what her whole life’s about,” he said.
A mother of six, Judy has worked a variety of careers over the years, from retail to nursing to mentoring foster kids. But there was always one thing in common: “Since I was young, I always wanted to feel that I am contributing something to the world,” says Judy. “I want to help give back what people have given to me.”
Steve Preminger, SCCDP County Chair, commented, “Judy is the anchor for the Santa Clara County Democratic Party. She is the one who selflessly staffs the headquarters day after day taking calls from the public, usually intense calls, as well as from Democrats who want to get involved and don’t know how. She does this with efficiency, empathy and humor, and as a result has built a cadre of volunteers who keep us as the center of Democratic life in the county.” He added, “We all join Senator Beall in saluting this great woman, who, by the way, would rather be doing ANYTHING other than being acknowledged for her contributions.”