After 20 years in Seattle, Julie now thinks of Seattle as home, but she spent her early childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, and her teen years in the San Francisco Bay Area. When she was a kid, her summers were spent either running through corn fields and swimming in ponds on her dad’s parents’ farm in Indiana, or visiting the Art Institute and attending theater when she stayed with her grandparents on her mom’s side in Chicago. Exposure to these very different environments likely resulted in her love for the outdoors as well as her deep appreciation for the arts. Julie’s eclectic interests led her to major in art history and minor in environmental studies at the University of California San Diego, and later to earn a Master’s Degree in Library Science at the University of Washington. Julie has been working at Partnerships for Native Health for almost a decade now in the role of Assistant to the Director. This translates to behind-the-scenes support that hopefully makes all of our wonderful projects run more smoothly. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work with such a smart, interesting, and friendly group of people, and appreciates that everyone feels passionately about making a difference in the world.