Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management
Since 2007, Judith Bergtraum has been directly involved with the management of CUNY’s multibillion dollar capital program,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken, who recommended the appointment of Bergtraum to the Board. “She has a firm grasp of both the intricacies and the creative aspects of administering a comprehensive construction and renovation program of importance to every campus.”
Bergtraum has served as deputy to Vice Chancellor Iris Weinshall, who is leaving to become the chief operating officer of the New York Public Library. She also served as Weinshall’s first deputy commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation and, before that, as deputy commissioner, performance and management accountability. As first deputy, Bergtraum managed 4,500 staffers and a $450 million expense and $1.5 billion capital budget.
She held management posts with the city’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services: deputy commissioner, Division of Municipal Supply Services; first assistant commissioner, Division of Municipal Supply Services; and assistant commissioner, strategic planning. In the Mayor’s Office of Operations, she was assistant director, project management and productivity; and assistant director, citywide services.
She also was deeply involved with the city’s public education system, starting as an elementary and special education teacher before moving into administrative posts in special education with the former Board of Education. She also was an elected member of Community School Board 25 in Queens and president of Community Education Council District 25. She has also served on the Mayor’s Panel for Education Policy and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Queens Library.
Her parents were Murry Bergtraum, a well-regarded president of the New York City Board of Education, and Edith Katz Bergtraum, a public school teacher and longtime local school board member.
Among the new University buildings that have risen during Bergtraum’s tenure at the Office of Facilities, Planning and Construction Management are: Fiterman Hall at Borough of Manhattan Community College, to replace a building destroyed on 9/11; the new library and academic building at Bronx Community College; and the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College. Major renovations have taken place across the University, particularly in science facilities such as Powdermaker Hall at Queens College. The University launched a major maintenance campaign to keep buildings watertight and in good condition.
Bergtraum has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Cortland, a master’s in special education from Boston University and a JD degree from Brooklyn Law School.