Judy is a passionate, hard-working employee who has learned that the key to success is to communicate well with others, use all the tools she is given to her benefit, and ask questions when she has them. She looks at every problem as a project and believes in taking ownership and responsibility for her work.
“Judy is an excellent member of the WCW team and of the Wastewater community. She may be relatively new to Wastewater, but she is no stranger to the concepts of hard work, dedication, service, accountability, and community. The commitment she displays to these values as well as her ability to remain teachable make her an asset to the entire WCW community. She is dedicated to learning as much as she can about Wastewater and utilizing her existing skills in management to serve the community while improving every aspect of WCW that she has the ability to impact. Keep an eye out for Judy, she is going places and making things better for others along the way.” – Director of Infrastructure & Planning, Michael Savannah
This attitude and passion led Judy to her current role as Planning & Support Division Manager. Judy applied for, interviewed, and prepared for the position. Today, she has three very smart and talented employees who report to her, and the division is an integral part of the Infrastructure & Planning Department. This division is particularly technical, and Judy’s background makes her the perfect leader for the team.
Why West County Wastewater? A fun fact about Judy Chen is that she is a long-time Richmond resident. Since 2006 she has called Richmond her home, and she’s always had a passion for giving back to her community. Before she came to WCW, Judy worked for the Contra Costa Sherriff’s office and found that she loved serving in the community where she and her family and friends live. Working for West County Wastewater was an excellent fit for Judy because it allowed her to continue her work in public service.
When we asked Judy about what advice she might give to someone who would like to move up in the organization, she had this to say,
“Take ownership of what you do, never be afraid of a challenge, accept the work that has been assigned to you, and be passionate.”
Judy believes in staying focused and embracing change. This is particularly good advice in an organization that is forward-thinking and progressive.
Judy has seen the progress and positive changes that are happening to women in an industry that has traditionally been male-dominated. As a first-generation, Asian-American female, Judy has had some wonderful, meaningful role models in her life. Judy’s passion for learning began at an early age. Judy’s mother always encouraged and supported her ideas to learn something new and try something out. From tae kwon do to ballet to musical instruments, Judy is a sponge for knowledge. The idea that she may not be able to do something seems to never cross her mind.
Judy explained how the WCW organization and leadership, notably WCW’s General Manager, Lisa Malek-Zadeh, have paved the way for her and others with a foundation that encourages personal and professional growth.
Judy’s years here at West County Wastewater have been impactful and important. It is an example of what wonders occur when the right people are placed in the right positions and given the tools, support, and encouragement to succeed.