Julia studied women’s studies, history and political science at the University of Missouri. She was heavily involved in local politics, community organizing and activism as an undergraduate and managed a political campaign for a state representative during her senior year. After graduation she was hired as a case manager at a local domestic violence shelter where she had volunteered. This experience launched her career in social work and advocacy, which has included coordinating services for people with disabilities, direct care for children in emergency shelters, case management for juvenile offenders, and a year volunteering at a shelter for immigrants and refugees on the border in El Paso.
Julia earned her master’s in social work with an emphasis on nonprofit administration and advocacy from the University of Kansas in 2008. As a student she had the opportunity to study comparative social welfare systems in India. She also worked as a graduate research assistant for the Office of Aging and Long Term Care and published research on hospital discharge planning and the impact of the workforce enhancement grants. Since graduation she has managed two domestic violence shelters in Kansas City and is currently the manager of the Girl Scout Outreach Program, which serves over 1,200 girls in the urban core each week during the school year.
Julia has been a member of Oasis since it began in April 2014 and was the president of the founding board of directors. She has watched Oasis change the lives of people in the community and wants to see more people benefit from a community based in shared values instead of religious beliefs. Julia loves hiking with her dog, getting crafty and playing board games with friends and family. She also loves traveling (18 countries and counting!) and is a host for international guests through Global Ties KC.