Julie has over three decades in the non-profit and public sectors working for social and economic justice, with a focus on equity, community-well being, access to education, and economic self-sufficiency. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, public policy, advocacy, and building successful partnerships among community-based organizations, workforce and economic development agencies, educational institutions, and government.
Julie was introduced to education issues when, as a 14 year-old CETA worker, she had her first job in an after-school program serving students from low-income families in Petaluma, California. She went on to pursue her studies in child welfare and early childhood education. In the early 90’s, Julie led the statewide network of after-school programs, and during the welfare reform era she developed policy and programs in childcare and family support at a regional and national level.
Following this work, Julie led BUSD’s School Linked Programs, forging collaborative efforts to bring medical, dental, and behavioral health services into the schools; launching a new after school program, now known as LEARNS; and, scaling the garden education projects into a robust district wide garden and nutrition education program serving the preschools, 11 elementary schools, the middle schools, and Berkeley Technology Academy.
From 2003-2011, Julie was the policy advisor to the Mayor of Berkeley on health and social services, youth and education, workforce development, and job creation. As Chief of Staff, she advised the Mayor on regional, state, and federal policy development, and was the responsible for intra- and inter-governmental and media relations. While in the Mayor’s Office, Julie helped launch Berkeley United in Literacy Development (BUILD) in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Public Service Center, and the 2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children and Youth, a community driven partnership to eliminate racial disparities in education outcomes.
Following her time in the Mayor's Office, Julie led UC Berkeley's Local Government and Community Relations, where she continued to build partnerships for Berkeley’s youth. She helped leverage university resources for college and career readiness, STEM education, garden and nutrition education, and after-school math support for students in Berkeley, as well as other East Bay school districts. She then worked in the California Community College system, facilitating inter-segmental, cross-sector collaboration to increase opportunities for young people and adults to obtain education and career training.
In 2013, Julie was appointed to the Berkeley School Board and served through 2014. While on the Board, she ensured broad community engagement in the development of the new Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), approved BFT and BCCE contracts, and expanded programming for violence prevention, substance use prevention and homeless services in partnership with the City of Berkeley.
Over the past few years, Julie worked with the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) as the Vice President of Policy and Regional Initiatives, where she was responsible for designing and implementing REDF’s first ever policy agenda and a place-based regional strategy to grow job opportunities for people facing significant barriers to employment.
Now, as Chief Strategy Officer for LifeLong Medical Care, Julie is responsible for working with the organization to address the region’s health disparities by providing the highest quality health care services for low-income families and individuals in Berkeley and across the East Bay.
Julie currently serves as a commissioner and was past-chairperson of the City of Berkeley Children, Youth and Recreation Commission, and is a member of the BUSD Career Technical Education Advisory Committee.
Julie was born and raised in the Bay Area, attended Santa Rosa Junior College and went on to receive her B.S. in Community Service and Public Affairs at the University of Oregon and her Masters of Public Administration at the University of San Francisco. She is married and has two wonderful children who are proud graduates of the Berkeley Public Schools (2010 and 2014) and the University of Michigan (2014 and 2018).