Julia is the latest American to join the CIM team. After first visiting Bosnia (and more importantly, Sanski Most) in 2008 with Global Youth Connect, Julia couldn’t stop talking about Bosnia so much that her friends started referring to the country as “The Bos.” In the summers of 2009 and 2010, Julia returned to BiH as the Global Youth Connect Program Assistant. She made another journey to Bosnia for five months in 2011 as an Advocacy Project Peace Fellow with BOSFAM, a Bosnian women’s organization based in Tuzla and working with communities from eastern Bosnia, including Srebrenica. During part of the fellowship Julia lived in Srebrenica, where she designed and conducted a needs assessment for local female residents to better meet their needs through future programming.
Julia also lived in Washington, D.C. for two years where she worked for Jubilee USA Network on debt relief for poor countries, reform of the international financial system, and international economic justice. During her time there she served first as Policy and Advocacy Fellow and later as the Communications and Development Coordinator. For some odd reason, she loves lobbying! Julia is a bit of a crazy feminist, which was strengthened during her undergraduate years spent at Smith College – the craziest women’s college – in Massachusetts. Before Smith, Julia sang opera in Philadelphia and New York City. She has also lived and studied history, reconciliation, and development in Cork, Ireland and Durban, South Africa. She loves cupcakes, pasta (as her flatmate Audrey points out often), and american-style coffee.