Jeff Judson is a senior fellow with The Heartland Institute and a public policy consultant. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Heartland Institute from 2010 to 2015. He was named one of the “most influential people in San Antonio in 2014” by the San Antonio Express-News for his successful efforts to block construction of a light-rail system.
Judson is the former president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Under his leadership the TPPF became one of the largest and most influential free market state think tanks in the U.S. and became known for its influence on public opinion, the news media, state legislators and top elected officials, a fact acknowledged by major newspapers in the state. In the year 2002 alone, TPPF earned over $17 million in statewide news media coverage.
Prior to his work at the TPPF, Judson served as industry affairs director for USAA, a $66 billion insurance and financial services organization headquartered in San Antonio. Judson built a statewide coalition of business leaders to increase public awareness and support legislative solutions to curb lawsuit abuse. He was also responsible for property and casualty regulatory matters before the Texas State Board of Insurance.
Later at USAA, he served as special assistant to Robert F. McDermott upon his appointment as chairman emeritus and president of La Cantera Development Company. In this position, Judson participated in the planning of major real estate investments and participated in numerous civic and political activities.
Judson has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, having served in the 1980s as a special assistant to the late U.S. Senator John Tower, legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom Loeffler and chief legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom DeLay. He was then appointed by President George H.W. Bush to congressional and publicaffairs positions in the U.S. Department of Energy, working on national defense, environmental compliance, nuclear energy and the National Energy Strategy.
Judson is the founder of the Homeownership and Land Affordability Coalition (HOLA) protecting private property rights across the U.S. Judson serves his local community as an elected member of the Olmos Park City Council, an inner suburb of San Antonio, as a Boy Scout Patrol leader, and as an officer in his church, Redeemer Presbyterian (PCA).