After serving as senior vice president of membership and marketing at Illinois Technology Association (ITA), Julia transitioned to the role of CEO in early 2017. ITA is a business services organization that provides its members with access to the local tech economy, resources to attract and retain top talent and visibility for their brand. ITA's goal is to connect and strengthen the local tech community -- to drive the kind of investment, talent and innovation that will make people talk about Chicago as a leading tech ecosystem.
Prior to her leadership positions at ITA, Julia worked with the National Restaurant Association for 10 years. There, she served as vice president of market solutions, business development, and strategic marketing after successfully launching the ServSafe Alcohol program. As a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor's in Economics & Finance, Julia is talented in strategically leading teams and organizations towards growth to achieve their goals.