Julie came to Northeast Oregon in 1999 after having grown up in the suburbs of major west coast cities in California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. An opportunity during college allowed her to spend a summer taking a wilderness field studies course in Alaska and started her on a path that led first to a career in natural resources but also ignited a passion for applied learning and for understanding both the beauty and complexity of America’s rural and remote communities. Over time, her desire to support rural communities has brought her career into the realm of community development related to education, local food systems and workforce needs.
She earned a B.S. in Zoology from University of Idaho and a Masters in Education from Eastern Oregon University. Having lived, worked, and raised children in eastern Oregon for over 20 years, Julie is passionate about this place and all that the region provides to those who live here, those who pass through, and even those who never get the chance to see it.