MEET OUR FOUNDER
Turning Experience Into Action
Judith Brown is the founder and Executive Director of Project 70Forward. She is an outspoken disability advocate/activist in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Project 70Forward is a 501c3 nonprofit
organization with the mission to support and advance the lives of people with disabilities. Project 70Forward serves our community in many different aspects such as Foodie4Access program; a pop-up neighborhood food distribution and community resources event, the
Highest Love Hygiene Pantry, and a Prescription Drug Assistance Program for uninsured residents. Judith
works with other advocates and organizations to coordinate support throughout Charlotte. She also
represents the disabled community on important issues, such as housing, food security, and economic
In 2020, Project 70Forward was awarded a state-wide grant to host a series of events in Charlotte’s
neighborhoods as part of the 2020 Census. With these events, Judith brought attention to the diverse
and often overlooked communities of Charlotte. With her passionate team, they made a state and national mark on how Hard-to-Count communities and members of our society are reached today that will have ramifications for decades to come. The important part of this is that two-thirds of the team are people with disabilities.
Judith was born in New York City. Moving first to Baltimore, MD in the late 1990s, and then to Charlotte,
NC in 2010, Judith originally worked as a corporate administrator in various industries, until her late-30s.
At that time, she left the workforce due to increasingly disabling health conditions. Also, as a mother of
two sons on the autism spectrum, her time became focused on getting the best of care and education
for her children and herself. After raising her boys to adulthood, Judith took all her years of dealing with
the medical, insurance, education, and social services industries, and founded Project 70Forward in 2018.
Already a strong parent advocate for her two sons, Judith now sees how disability can be a defining
a moment in a person’s life, and how advocacy, activism, and the art of transformation can propel a
person forward into a dynamic destiny.
Judith is married, and mother to an extended family of five children. She passionately loves the diverse
culinary and small business scene of Charlotte.