Senior 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 Ms. 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.”
Ms. Bergtraum has served as deputy to the previous Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management. She also served as first deputy commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation and, before that, as deputy commissioner, performance and management accountability. As first deputy, Ms. Bergtraum managed 4,500 staffers and a $450 million expense and $1.5 billion capital budget. During her tenure at DOT she was a juror on the City Lights Competition.
She held three 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.
Ms. Bergtraum 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 served on the Mayor’s Panel for Education Policy and is the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Queens Library. She is a member of the Society for College and University Planning.
Ms. 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.