Julia believes that the humanities are vital for building a future that includes multiple voices, experiences, and perspectives. Throughout her career she has worked to utilize creativity for interdependence by lifting up and strengthening the artistic and cultural assets that already exist in individuals and communities. Prior to joining the PHC team, Julia was Associate Director at ArtWell, where she designed creative youth development programs, supported teaching artists, and cultivated school and OST partnerships. Through Healing Our Work (HOW), Julia uses creative and trauma-informed facilitation to help nonprofits mitigate burnout and align work culture with organizational values.
Julia holds a B.A. from Hampshire College in Studio Art and Youth Development, and completed her M.A.T in Art Education at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Art. She has presented at conferences of the MA Art Education Assoc., the Consortium for Innovative Environments, and the PA Chapter – National Assoc. for Multicultural Education. She currently sits on the Philadelphia Commission for Women. Publishings include chapters in “Difficult Dialogues about Twenty-First-Century Girls” edited by Donna Marie Johnson and Alice E. Ginsberg, 2015, and the “Journal of Applied Arts & Health”. Julia is a recipient of a Leeway Art and Change Grant and has exhibited her work in group and solo shows. Her art can also be found on the cover of "Re-Writing the Return to Africa," by Anne Francios and in "Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education," by Sonia Nieto and Patty Bode.
Julia lives in West Philly with her partner and two children, and loves to make cut paper art and collage, have spontaneous dance parties in her kitchen, and buy flowers at the farmers market.