CFI Board of Directors Elects Chairman & Welcomes a New Member

December 5, 2012

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is pleased to announce that Judith B. Walker, JD, has been elected to join its Board of Directors and that interim chair Edward Tabash has been selected to serve as chair for a two-year term.

Judith Walker

Judith Walker is a graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in sociology and anthropology. She earned her JD from the University of Colorado School of Law and served as an Assistant Colorado Attorney General in the Higher Education Unit representing Colorado state institutions of higher education. She joined the University of Colorado Foundation in 1985, where she worked for thirteen years as the Director of Development for the Boulder Campus College of Arts and Sciences and then as a Vice President for Development specializing in fund-raising management and major gifts. She has been a member of other nonprofit boards, including the Wyoming Outdoor Council, the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, and the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado at Boulder. With a primary interest in the field of “living well without religion,” Walker began her work with CFI in 2008 as an instructor for the CFI Institute Summer Session. She is currently a CFI Institute fellow specializing in philosophical naturalism. Her work has been published in Free Inquiry magazine and other philosophical and freethought publications.

“Judy Walker brings a great deal of valuable experience to the CFI board,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, President and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. “She’s trained as a lawyer, has worked as a development officer, and possesses a firm grounding in humanist philosophy. She understands our mission and has the practical knowledge to help us advance that mission.”

Edward Tabash

Edward Tabash, who has been serving as interim chair since October, has been elected Chair of the Board and will serve a two-year term.

Tabash is a constitutional lawyer in the Los Angeles area. He graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1973 and from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 1976. The son of an orthodox rabbi and an Auschwitz-survivor, after decades of philosophical searching, he concluded that the universe is natural and not supernatural. He has represented the Center for Inquiry in amicus briefs, arguing for the separation of church and state, before the United States and California Supreme Courts. He has also represented the Center in arguing against the existence of any supernatural being in debates against such prominent religious philosophers as William Lane Craig and Richard Swinburne. He has an extensive background in general law practice and has been volunteering for the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry since 1995.

“I look forward to working with Eddie Tabash in his new capacity as chairman,” said Lindsay. “Eddie is already a well-known leader in our community, with a long association with this organization and this movement. I know that his experience and familiarity with our work and his passion for our mission make him the right choice to be our chair.”

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. CFI‘s web address is www.centerforinquiry.net.