Judy Wicks is owner and founder of Philadelphia’s White Dog Cafe, and is a national leader in the local living-economies movement. She is co-founder and co-chair of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. She is also president of the White Dog Cafe Foundation, dedicated to building a local living economy in the Philadelphia region.
Wicks has won numerous awards, including the Business Enterprise Trust Award, Business Ethics Magazine’s Living Economy Award and the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Through “Table for Six Billion, Please!” — an international sister-restaurant project she began in 1984 — Wicks has organized trips to Cuba, Israel/Palestine, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua and Vietnam to understand the effects of U.S. policy. A local sister-restaurant program promotes minority-owned restaurants in Philadelphia and Camden. In 1992, Wicks began the White Dog mentoring program, which introduces inner-city high school students to the restaurant business.