Julia provides an integrated set of functions in service to high-impact change-making. Ultimately, her ability to help a group of people coalesce a vision and take practical steps toward implementing it rests on three key strengths:
Julia is adept at working with experienced change makers to ensure good process and coordination in a collective learning environment. Often Julia’s facilitation includes research and strategy advice. Julia’s role as Outside Program Manager for the development and implementation of the Chicago Climate Action Plan (City of Chicago, 2007-9) exemplifies her facilitation acumen.
Julia undertakes primary and secondary research that provides data-driven rigor to support strategic decisions. Julia frequently produces scans of the field and assessments of lessons learned to guide decision-making. A good example is her report Green Chemistry and Economic Development (Health and Environmental Funders Network, 2007).
Based on her decades of experience, Julia advises leaders about the development of programs, initiatives and new organizations. Julia brings her broad experience in product and process development to every engagement. A good example is her report Strategies for Investing That Support a Community Development Mission (Heron Foundation, 1999).
FIELDS OF EXPERTISE
Julia’s fields of particular expertise are sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaptation, smart growth, environment, development finance, community development, economic development, and workforce development.