Julie is a seasoned communications and government affairs professional with many decades of experience in the public and private sectors. Since 2003, she has served as an executive with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the first environmental interstate compact agency of its kind in the United States. The Agency is charged with the environmental protection of Lake Tahoe, the second deepest lake in the United States.   

Julie is pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focus is on the intersection of science and public policy building on decades of experience at Lake Tahoe balancing environmental preservation in a $5-billion tourist-based economy. Julie’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, media relations, writing, government relations, public speaking, community outreach, and environmental issues management.  

Her previous experience ranges from publishing Treasures by the Sea magazine to running the marketing and real estate arm of ResortQuest International in Bethany Beach, Delaware.  Julie also worked in the water, electric, and natural gas utility industries where she specialized in change management and branding. 

Julie has a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of Delaware and a master’s in journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. She is also the past Co-Chair of the nationally-focused Network for Landscape Conservation. 

Originally from Delaware, Julie has lived in the Florida Keys and now resides in South Lake Tahoe’s Christmas Valley with her husband and dogs. She is active in the community and is the former Chair of the Barton Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. She enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling.