Judy Ledlee, Ph.D. is the Executive Director Design Climate and is passionate about cleantech innovation and commercialization. Judy developed her passion for cleantech innovation during her doctoral studies at Duke University where she researched emerging water treatment technologies. From her work, she co-founded a startup for hydraulic fracturing wastewater recycling. After graduating, She continued her cleantech career in the water industry working for Evoqua (now Dupont and Xylem), Black & Veatch, and ZwitterCo. Throughout her career, she’s continued working on entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial activities and is excited to return to Duke and pass on the entrepreneurial bug to new generations of students.


  • D.Phil., Duke University (2017)
  • M.S., Duke University (2015)
  • B.S., Tufts University (2008)