Professional Affiliation: Assistant Director, Advising and Relationship Management, Boston University School of Public Health
Background and Community Activities:
Julia joined the BU School of Public Health in 2014 as the Assistant Director of Advising and Relationship Management after a 15 year career in community public health. In this role she supports students interested in careers in community health, teaches graduate students and is the Advisor for the Queer Student Alliance at BUSPH. Before BUSPH Julia directed research recruitment and managed HIV prevention studies at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. Prior to that Julia worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as the Assistant Director of Family Planning and the Director of the Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development. Julia has worked at the intersection of adolescent health, youth development and anti-oppression work and has taught graduate courses at BUSPH and consulted on life skill development with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Julia received her MPH at the George Washington University School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Miami University (OH).
As a white, queer, cisgender woman who holds a lot of privilege in this world, Julia is committed to using a racial equity lens in all of her work. She is an active member of Brookline for Racial Justice and Equity (BRJE) that advocates for more racially just policies and structures in the Public Schools of Brookline. She is also part of the leadership team of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Baker K-8 School in Brookline, MA. Julia joined the YW Boston Board of Directors in 2018 and co-chairs the Development Committee.
Julia is married to Megan Lanham and they have two daughters, Eva and Tessa, who are in middle school. Julia coaches youth softball in her spare time and loves the Red Sox, chai tea and finding something to laugh about in the darkest hours.