Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Resilience in Action
Julia is Founder and CEO of Resilience in Action, dedicated to helping 21st century leaders cultivate resilience in their lives, organizations and sectors. Resilience in Action designs innovative executive curriculum, leads resilience journeys to dynamic natural environments like the Peruvian Amazon, and partners with companies to enhance strategic clarity. A Lecturer at Stanford University, Julia’s research and teaching focus on cross-sector partnerships and innovations that accelerate the transition to a sustainable society. Julia served as a Topic Leader for the Clinton Global Initiative on “Market-based solutions to environmental challenges.” A Fulbright and Marshall Scholar, she earned a B.A. in Human Biology and a Minor in African Studies from Stanford University, and her graduate degree in International Development from the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University in England. ?? Julia was formerly CEO of Washington STEM, a partnership between Microsoft, Boeing, and the education community to bring business into the classroom and cultivate 21st century skills for underserved youth. She served for a decade as the Founding Executive Director of the Lemelson Foundation, where she spurred innovations in technology design, finance, marketing and distribution to advance sustainable development globally. As Director of World Wildlife Fund’s Pacific Marine Office and Community Fisheries Program, she helped launch and develop the Marine Stewardship Council - a global partnership with Unilever to advance certification and eco-labeling of sustainable fisheries. Julia speaks French, Spanish and Kiswahili, and has worked extensively in developing countries for agencies, including the World Bank, USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Her writing has been published in Innovations Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, and other publications. A Fellow of the Donella Meadows Sustainability Leaders Program, Julia was selected as one of Oregon Business Magazine’s “50 Great Leaders for Oregon.” She has served on several boards, including the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board, the Editorial Board of MIT’s Innovations Journal, and the Karuna Foundation. Julia lives in Portland with her husband and two children.