City Councilwoman Judith Brodhead moved to Naperville in 1985 with her husband and three children, like so many young families in the 1980s and 1990s. They quickly found the City to be a place they wanted to call home. After a few years on the board of her homeowners' association, she was appointed to the Transportation Advisory Board, followed by the Plan Commission and then the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), for a total of 16 years of volunteer service on boards and commissions. She was on the Plan Commission during a period when Naperville grew by 50,000 residents, and chaired it from 1997 to 2002, as well as later chairing the ZBA.
At the same time she pursued a career at North Central College, where she is an Associate Professor of English and the Coordinator of Cultural Events. She also teaches in its Urban and Suburban Studies program.
During her time on the City Council, she has represented the City Council on the Naperville Development Partnership board of directors, the Downtown Advisory Commission, the Riverwalk Commission, the Community Alliance for Prevention, NCTV17 and the legislative committee of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference.
Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Rutgers University. She believes now that Naperville is a City with high numbers of millennials and seniors, as well as young families, we need to emphasize how we will serve all of them to maintain our status as a vibrant community.
Councilwoman Brodhead's was re-elected to the City Council in April 2017; her upcoming term will expire in 2021.