Julie has international and domestic experience in monitoring and evaluation. She focuses her work on peace-building & humanitarian assistance; refugee & immigrant communities; agriculture & product value chains; livelihoods & sustainable community development; energy & environment.
She first met people from Burma through a church that in 1990 sponsored 5 Kachin students to study in the US. That relationship led her in 1995 to join a trip to Burma to visit the students’ families, pastors and congregations, and to learn about the impact of the current political system on Burma.
After finishing graduate school in 2009 at the University of Minnesota, she began to host Humphrey International Fellows, mid-career professionals from around the globe who pursue a year-long fellowship at UMN. Several Fellows came from Burma and remain her close friends.
In 2012 and 2013, Julie organized and led 2 study tours to Burma and Thailand. Participants engaged with interfaith groups, civil society organizations, and economic development initiatives. In 2017, she traveled to Burma to assist an international peace-building organization to build internal evaluation capacity.
In 2018, Julie and KOM youth staff collaborated to evaluate the KOM program that partners with the St. Paul Public Schools to provide in-classroom and after-school tutoring and cultural activities for recently-arrived refugee students from Burma.
Julie joined the KOM board of directors in November 2018 and looks forward to serving KOM and to building relationships.