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Ashley Judd


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Ashley Judd is an American actress and political activist. Her humanitarian efforts include board of directors service with Population Services International, Defenders of Wildlife, and Shaker Village. She has traveled globally to support grassroots programs addressing poverty alleviation, public health, human rights, and social justice, sharing these groups’ messages of empowerment and equality with heads of state, donors, the private sector, and the media. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, provided statements to the National Press Club, and in 2008 delivered the keynote address to the General Assembly of the United Nations. She has served as a panelist and moderator with the Clinton Global Initiative, Women Deliver Conference, International AIDS conference, and the Global Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Judd received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, where she majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theater, and women’s studies; she has an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
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