Julie has many years of civic commitment as a clinical social worker, nonprofit board and committee member and children's activist. She is an ideal fit for this position as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her involvement with organizations such as the Children's Trust Fund of Oregon, the Oregon Community Foundation, Social Venture Partners and City Club.
Julie holds a Master of Social Work and is committed to the success of the Levy. Her professional career has been devoted to working with diverse populations and vulnerable families, and she has a keen insight into child welfare, foster care and the juvenile justice systems through her work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and a community mental health practitioner.
She believes the Levy is the smartest long-term, dollar-for-dollar economic development strategy the City of Portland has. "While the return on investment may not be immediately obvious, research has repeatedly demonstrated that all of society benefits from physically, mentally and emotionally healthy children," she said.