Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Judy Nadler


Senior Fellow, Government Ethics
(408) 554-7892

Former Santa Clara Mayor Judy Nadler is a Center senior fellow, with responsibility for programs in government ethics and ethical leadership. She directs "Ethics and the Public's Business" a program for newly elected officials and "Ethics and Leadership Camp for Public Officials" a summer workshop for mayors, council members, city managers, ethics commisioners and others. She is also an adjunct faculty member in Santa Clara University's Political Science department.

As mayor, Nadler worked with the Ethics Center to develop a Code of Ethics and Values for Santa Clara. In 2002, the city received the Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities for its program, "Infusing Political Campaigns with Community Ethics and Values."

Before her two terms as mayor, Nadler served on the Santa Clara City Council and was an editor at Sunset magazine. She also served on the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Northern California Power Agency, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. A popular speaker on issues such as public contracting and city ethics, Nadler has addressed the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the League of California Cities, the National Fire Academy, and the San Jose Blue Ribbon Task Force on Ethics. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Voices of Reform Project, an initiative of the Commonwealth Club of California, and on the City of San Jose Sunshine Reform Task Force.

Nadler is a graduate of George Washington University and the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)