Judith A. Proffer

Vice Chair, Meteor 17 Group of Companies
Oversight of Literary, Charitable Activities  

Publisher, writer, marketing specialist, alternative newsweekly veteran and former community newspaper owner, Judith oversees literary and charitable initiatives for the Meteor 17 group. .

As former Publisher and Associate Publisher of leading newspapers LA Weekly and OC Weekly, Proffer spearheaded some of the most dynamic and successful issues in alternative newsweekly publishing history. She launched OC Weekly, sat on the Association of Alternative Newsweekly Board of Directors, was named Vice President and Associate Publisher/West Coast for Stern Publishing (parent company of Village Voice) and created an impressive series of community events benefiting a myriad of non-profits locally and abroad.

Judith was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of the leading “Women Who Make A Difference” in the Southern California Community. Additionally, Judith was honored by Friends of The Family for her charitable endeavors. In 2010 she teamed with Hollywood caterer Gwen Kenneally to create Magpie Mini Pie Gourmet Pies, a pop up bakery with proceeds going to charity. The pies remain part of the event menu for Gwen's Back to the Kitchen Catering Company. 

As President and CEO of Magpye Media, Judith produced a weekly topical radio show, progressive musical theatre and shared her vast knowledge of the alternative newsweekly world by offering consulting services to papers in need of a little spit and polish.

Co-founder of the acclaimed Southern California Sun Community Newspapers, as Executive Editor Judy created three unique publications to serve the Valley communities: Studio City Sun, Sherman Oaks Sun and Encino Sun. Then mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s presence at the ribbon cutting ceremony signaled the significance of the Sun’s influence on otherwise underserved communities. The papers were honored by both the city and the SFV Business Journal for bringing much needed coverage to the San Fernando Valley.

Judith is the co-writer of "Art of the Soul," the award-winning title song recorded by Anna Nalick for the Maya Angelou narrated documentary “As Seen Through These Eyes.”

An avid photographer (her photos of Quincy Jones and KISS have appeared on cd /dvd packaging), Judith’s image of a Nashville storm taken during the June 2009 CMT Awards was named among the best travel photos of 2009, as selected by the Los Angeles Times. A photo she took on safari in Kenya received the same honor five years later.

Judith launched Huqua Press - huquapress.com - a boutique book publishing company ("Small Press, Big Ideas") with the award-winning Supernatural Kids Cookbook in spring 2011. She followed with two more Supernatural Kids Cookbook titles, The Sweet & Savory Cookbook (Gwen Kenneally) and The Oprah Effect.  In 2012 she and Spencer debuted Padaro Press. Huqua and Padaro  catalogues include titles by rock legends Heart, music icon Graham Nash, best-selling author Patti Davis, highly respected theater critic Steven Leigh Morris, actor Thaao Penghlis, Haile Thomas, Nancy Mehagian, and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Brandi Carlile.

In 2015 Huqua released The Lotus Kitchen, a vegetarian cookbook for yoga enthusiasts and in fall of 2019 releases a new cookbook, The Inclusive Table by Kenneally.

In 2016, Huqua Press co-published (along with Post Hill Press) I Hope You Dance: The Power and Sprit of Song. Proffer edited the book and served as co-producer on the Meteor 17 produced film.

In 2018 Proffer published 17 Dresses, a novel by author Pamela Klein. The book was the silver recipient of a 2019 Benjamin Franklin award for design.

In 2019 Proffer launched Julu Press, a publisher-assisted entrepreneurial based platform for first-time authors. The debut title is The Lights of Pembroke Road.

Proffer has taught writing workshops to children, adults and incarcerated at-risk youths. She is launching The Word Garden this year, a non-profit writing resource for non-writers. She’ll host monthly writing workshops, offer templates and writing tools on The Word Garden website and will provide writing workshops for students in underserved communities.