Judith Cushman has been President of Seattle-based Judith Cushman & Associates since 1996. Prior to that, she was President of Marshall Consultants/West, the first retained firm specialized in communications searches established in New York City and then on the West Coast.
JC&A provides added value Retained Search, organizational and individual consulting solutions exclusively in this niche. Operating as a boutique for the past 20+ years, the firm has a track record of 100% success, fulfilling the terms of every contract awarded the company.
Ms. Cushman is responsible for managing client relations, establishing search strategies and recruiting communications executives. She is also responsible for client consulting engagements, business development and marketing communications. Consulting services for both organizations and individuals revolve around structural, job definition, candidate motivation and evaluation issues.
Ms. Cushman leads national search efforts ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to agencies and smaller companies. She approaches a search strategically with up-front, in-depth analysis of the company, the position and the candidate profile. She partners with her clients to bring a value-added perspective to the process. The firm focuses on the long term and expects to maintain ongoing relationships with both candidates and clients.
Ms. Cushman was the author of a weekly blog which she concluded in 2020. She shared her observations with over 4,200 LinkedIn contacts and 3,500 subscribers.
Ms. Cushman is an active volunteer and a member of the DE&I and Programming committees for PRSA Puget Sound and Silicon Valley. She received the President’s Volunteer of the year award for Puget Sound Chapter in 2020. The only chapter member to receive the award twice.
She has maintained long term memberships with a variety of professional organizations and was a founding member of NIRI (the National Investor Relations Institute) one of the original Seattle Chapter Members of IABC (the International Association of Business Communicators) and is a 35+ year member of PRSA (Public Relations Society of America). She recently joined the newly formed Diversity Action Alliance as part of her long-term commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion efforts.
Ms Cushman is a founding member and formerly on the Board of Women in Bio (Seattle Chapter), is a Benefactor of the Pilchuck Glass School, the Museum of Glass, is on the Advisory Board of the Bellevue Arts Museum and a Member of the Barre of the Pacific NW Ballet. She is currently involved in a revival of interest in Xerographic (Copy Art) in honor of her late sister’s contributions to this art form.
She completed course work for an MS in Public Relations at the School of Public Communications, Boston University, and received a BA in European History from Barnard College in New York City. Her hobbies include organizing wine tastings, Ikebana, Tai Chi, boating and studying French. She is married, the mother of a son and daughter and resides in the Seattle area.